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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, July 7, 2012
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Cops on alert
for car burglars


The chiefs of police stations in Bacolod City were ordered yesterday by Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, BCPO director, to intensify patrol visibility in their areas following successive incidents of car burglaries.

Police reports show that the vehicle of an engineer was forced open by unidentified suspects who took several items recently; while on Wednesday noon, a car parked at San Juan Street was also burglarized and a laptop computer, worth P35,000, stolen.

Five vehicles parked in different areas of Bacolod were also forced open and about P100,000 worth of valuables were taken two weeks ago, the police added.

De la Paz said that while these cases are not alarming, the police should boost their intelligence efforts to monitor and neutralize the suspects.

He said the PNP has a six-strike policy, where intelligence officers will be relieved if heinous crimes committed in their areas of responsibility remain unresolved.

Investigation showed that burglars have a spotter of the car they want to victimize, who check for valuables left in the vehicle. The suspects’ van will then be parked beside it and the window smashed to get the items, De la Paz said.

The suspects are professional thieves as they know how to steal the items without triggering the alarm system of the vehicle, he added.*APN

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