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Police anticipate holiday crimes; visibility in trade areas raised

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By Aaron Recuenco

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will have major redeployment of its personnel in anticipation of the upsurge of crime for the coming holiday season.

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From the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) security duty, policemen will be deployed in commercial areas and places of convergences to scare and drive away street criminals, according to Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos, PNP spokesman.

“We will be on the look-out for these street criminals. We will deny them the opportunity to strike through maximum police visibility,” said Carlos.

Based on the PNP data, Carlos said theft and robbery are the two top crimes that have been occurring in the country during Christmas season, most all of them happening in highly urbanized areas such as Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.

The reason, according to Carlos, is that these are the areas where there are a lot of commercial establishments, places of convergences and working people.

Another major reason, he said, is that Christmas season is the time when people have money due to Christmas bonus outlays.

“In previous years, we saw that this is the time that there is money in the market because of the bonuses. The criminals know that that’s why there are more crimes,” said Carlos.

“So what we are doing is to prevent these crimes by empowering the public, by informing them that these crimes are likely to happen,” he added.

So far, Carlos said they have been conducting mapping of areas where crimes against property usually occur, based on the past data of the police. Part of the measure is to conduct a weekly assessment of those areas.

Carlos, however, appealed to the crime victims to pursue the case that they file against arrested criminals in order to put the criminals behind bars and prevent them from returning to the streets.

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