Verzosa orders increased police visibility to prevent crimes during 'ber' months

September 2, 2010 11:26 am 

MANILA, Sept. 1 – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Jesus Verzosa announced the 130,000-strong police organization will be increasing its visibility, particularly in urban areas throughout the country starting Wednesday.

During a chance interview in Camp Crame, Quezon City following the kick-off ceremonies for the 16th National Crime Prevention Month, Verzosa said more policemen would be deployed nationwide to prevent the traditional rise of common street crimes during the “ber” months.

”We will be fielding additional mobile patrol groups to secure various institutions, places that are frequented by the people, especially in urban areas,” said Verzosa.

Earlier, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) ordered the deployment of 1,000 policemen throughout Metro Manila to prevent criminal elements from preying on innocent civilians.

Among the priority areas for the increased visibility are Divisoria in Manila and Baclaran in Paranaque City, where people traditionally troop for early Christmas shopping; the university belt on Recto Avenue, Manila; Cubao commercial center and Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

Aside from the additional NCRPO troops, each of the five police districts in Metro Manila is expected to intensify beat patrols in their respective areas of responsibility.

Traditionally, street crimes like snatching, robbery and pickpockets increase during the “ber” months or the last quarter of the year as people start shopping for the Holiday season. (PNA) scs/MM

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