A resolution urging the Bacolod City Police Office, through Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, to implement a more aggressive campaign against rising criminality that involve snatchers and hold-uppers riding-in- tandem on motorcycles, was approved yesterday by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod.
The resolution authored by Councilor Em Ang, said riding-in-tandem criminals have become bolder in their criminal activities, not only in Metro Manila and Luzon, but also in the Visayas including Bacolod City.
It said police reports show that in 2011, about 1,700 crime incidents were reported to have been committed by criminals riding in tandem, victimizing 2,089 citizens, as compared in 2010 were there were 1,565 incidents against 1,819 victims.
The resolution said that last month numerous incidents were recorded of snatching and hold-up activities involving riding-in-tandem criminals who do not only rob victims of their personal belongings but also threaten or actually harm them with deadly weapons.
The SP also approved another yesterday resolution urging the BCPO Children and Women’s Desk, through de la Paz, to coordinate with all public and private hospitals and lying-in clinics in Bacolod City in intensifying their security against kidnapping of newborn infants.
Also authored by Ang, the resolution said a series of kidnapping of newborn infants or such attempts have occurred in hospitals and lying-in clinics in Metro Manila, and to prevent such incident from happening in Bacolod City, strict security measures should be adopted in its hospitals and lying-in clinics.
Meanwhile, de la Paz said yesterday that the passage of the city ordinance requiring the installation of closed circuit television cameras in areas of convergence is beneficial as it will aid policemen identify suspects in street crimes
The new city ordinance authored by Councilor Jose Carlos Lopez appropriates P5 million for the installation of the CCTVs in strategic areas, De la Paz said.
He said the CCTVs will also be installed to monitor traffic situations at the city’s main thoroughfares.*APN/CGS