PNP urges public to be vigilant against robbers as ‘BER’ months start

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is alerting the public to be more vigilant against robbers and shoplifters as the “BER” months start. PNP Chief Police Director General Ricardo C. Marquez said that crime can happen to anyone at the most unexpected time, and to combat crime the public must be kept informed of the various modus operandi of criminals.

The public is advised to be vigilant to groups like Salisi Gang, Laglag barya Gang, Besfren Gang, Tutok-Kalawit Gang, Ipit/Ipit-Taxi Gang, Laslas Bag/Bulsa, Estribo Gang, Dura Boys, Pitas Gang and other groups using other modes of criminal operation.

The PNP said during the regular Lambat Sibat meeting in Camp Crame on Wednesday, September 2 the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) noted a significant decrease in Robbery and Theft for the past week. From an average of 794 cases per week on June 2014 to January 2015, Robbery and Theft continuously dipped to 273 recorded incidents last week, August 24-30.

DIDM also noted that 27% of recorded robbery incidents occurred from 12:01 AM to 4:00 AM. The DIDM identified streets (31%), residential areas (26%) and PUVs (21%) as the most places where robbery incidents exist.

“While the PNP is fielding additional foot and mobile patrolers, the public must also be wary to what is really happening in their communities and in the streets” the PNP chief said urging the public to participate with the police on its anti-criminality initiatives.