PNP anticipates better peace and order in NCR

August 19, 2012 8:49 am 

By Catherine Tebes

MANILA, Aug. 18 -– The Philippine National Police expects its anti-crime efforts to soon improve peace and order in the National Capital Region.

”Hopefully by this month’s end, we’ll see a decline in number of crime incidents in our anti-crime action plan’s 21 pilot areas across the region,” PNP-NCR spokesperson Sr. Supt. Dionardo Carlos said during Saturday Forum at Annabel’s in Quezon City.

He reported NCR registered 19,231 crime incidents during 2012’s first semester.

Such count is less than number of crime incidents reported during the same period in previous years, he noted.

”Prevalent crimes in NCR are theft, robbery and physical injuries,” he also said.

This week, violence rocked NCR anew after a gang robbed Tambunting Pawnshop in Metropoint Mall along Taft Avenue.

The gang escaped with a reported PhP30 million loot.

Carlos said in line with the action plan, PNP-NCR continues enhancing its foot patrol and investigative activities to help lower criminality in the region.

”Our crime solution efficiency is about 43 to 50 percent so we’re enhancing police capability,” he said.

He said police personnel are increasingly undertaking courses that’ll help improve their efficiency.

”Information-gathering is an important part of our work so communities can help us improve our performance,” he further said.

Leads from citizens can help police crack cases and track down persons wanted by the law, he continued.

Such persons include high-profile personalities like former military general Jovito Palparan and murder suspect ex-Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes.

Carlos said PNP-NCR’s top brass already commenced validating measures police station commanders in the region adapted in connection with the action plan's implementation.

”The validation will show if measures taken are correct,” he noted.

Carlos reminded citizens to be on the alert particularly between 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., noting studies show these are the hours when most crimes occur.

”Many crimes also occur on Sundays and Mondays as well as during September to December,” he said.

He assured police presence during such periods to help maintain peace and order. (PNA)

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