Pangasinan police tags suspects in series of school robberies

May 12, 2015 12:41 am 

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, May 11 — The Pangasinan police has identified groups and individuals tagged as responsible for school-based robberies in the past few months that have alarmed the authorities.

Senior Supt. Reynaldo Biay, officer-in-charge of the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office (PPO) said that appropriate legal actions will be undertaken once the suspects' participation in such incidences is established.

Biay said the robberies occurred in Agno, Mabini, Sual, Labrador, Aguilar, Bugallon, Bayambang, Mapandan, Mangaldan, Manaoag, Pozorrubio, Binalonan, Rosales, Sta. Maria and the cities of Alaminos and San Carlos.

It is very alarming considering that these school-based robberies are not only perpetrated by unscrupulous individuals but by a group of criminals with a wider scope of operation, he said.

To address the problem, Biay called for a conference during the last week of April among chiefs of police from all the affected municipalities and cities, including from the different units of the police.

The purpose of that meeting, he said, was to review the countermeasures that were being implemented by different police units and to possibly incorporate other innovations that are more effective and appropriate.

Biay directed chiefs of police to improve their patrol operations particularly along identified crime-prone areas, commercial/convergence and far-flung barangays to deny criminal elements of the opportunity to launch their nefarious activities.

He also ordered them to coordinate with school administrators to tighten security measures in their respective school premises such as reinforcement of fences and grills, ample illumination of buildings with highly valuable equipment, including the hiring of security guards.

Chiefs of police were further instructed to enhance coordination with barangay officials and active force multipliers to serve as additional secondary auxiliary in securing critical areas that are vulnerable to criminal activities. (PNA)



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