City cops gird for ‘holiday crimes’

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SECURITY CHECK. A policeman of the Regional Highway Patrol Group checks the credentials of a motorist on Burgos Street, La Paz, Iloilo City. The security check is part of the Police Regional Office 6’s campaign to keep the city peaceful. There are an estimated 77,000 loose firearms in Western Visayas and some of these are in the hands of criminals, according to the police. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN

ILOILO City – The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) is deploying between 300 to 400 personnel around the city to deter lawlessness associated with the Christmas season.

Policemen would be securing commercial districts, public markets, plazas and other areas where people converge, said ICPO director Senior Superintendent Martin Defensor Jr.

Crimes are expected to become rampant this holiday season. Criminals usually take advantage of unsuspecting people this time of the year, said Defensor.

Policemen would be rendering 24/7 security.

“We want to ensure the public’s safety,” he said.

The ICPO has already identified between 15 to 20 persons connected to petty crimes like robbery and theft.

So they could be easily identified, photos of these individuals were distributed to various establishments.

Defensor, however, he did not confirm the information circulating on social media that crime groups have reached the city and are preparing for their holiday-related crimes.

He reminded the public to guard their belongings always, and most especially when they are in malls and markets.

“They should avoid wearing jewelry so as not to tempt opportunists. Also as much as possible, they should have someone to accompany them,” said Defensor. (PNA)

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