Banks, pawnshops in WV warned vs tunnel robbers

January 13, 2012 11:54 pm 

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 13 – The resurgence of "daga-daga" robberies in some parts of the country recently may also mean that they could be in Western Visayas anytime.

This, Police Regional Office 6 director, Chief Supt. Cipriano E. Querol, Jr., warned business owners to be vigilant and inspect their establishments before closing especially for the weekend or long holidays.

Querol said "daga-daga" robbers target banks, pawnshops, jewelry stores and money changers business establishment.

"These business establishments usually store cash or high value merchandise," he said, adding that "daga-daga" robbers were known to dig their way, unnoticed, into their target establishment.

In April 6 last year, "daga-daga" gang looted a store in San Jose, Antique. The suspects were arrested later in Iloilo City.

The modus operandi of this gang is to rent a place close to their target and they use drainage systems or dig their way into the business establishment.

The gang then uses acetylene torches and bolt cutters to open the vaults.

The top cop also directed all police unit commanders to coordinate with business owners and discuss the security measures against the robbers.

"We also reiterate our request to these business owners to install CCTV camera in their establishments," he said.(PNA) RMA/AJP/vlo

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