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Oplan RAT reinstated to address theft, robberies

THE DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) is reviving the Oplan RAT Tugis (Robbery/ Hold-up, Akyat Bahay, and Theft) in a bid to put more wanted persons behind bars, this following a slight increase of eight focus crimes in the city from July 1 to 17.

Oplan: RAT Tugis is a city-wide focused operation against identified criminals involved in Robbery/ Hold-up, Akyat Bahay, and Theft incidents.

Speaking in yesterday’s AFP-PNP Press briefing held at The Royal Mandaya Hotel, Maj. Teresita Gaspan, the spokesperson of Davao City Police Office (DCPO), said that as of July 1 to 17, 15 focused crime incidents slightly increased but they already filed cases in court.

Gaspan said mostly theft incidents happened inside the establishments and in the houses.

“That’s why yung lumalabas sa social media, report it to the police station to validate and an action can be taken immediately, ” she added.”Kay dili nato matubag kung naa sa social media unless magpa-blotter sila sa police station kung asa nahitabo.

Based on their record, out of 15 total crime volume, there are eight theft cases, 2 robberies, one physical injury, and two rape incidents.

She said 15 cases are filed in court while rape is for regular filing.

Recently, the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) called on victims of robbers and pickpockets to report to the authorities immediately to take appropriate action.

The statement came after citizens posted several reports on Davao City’s Public Forum Facebook page regarding the rampant theft and hold-up incidents in some areas of the city.

In an interview yesterday, DCPO chief Col. Alberto Lupaz told the complainants to file a report at the nearest police station and not on social media.

Kasi nasa socmed dapat mag pa blotter sila (they should file a blotter) so that appropriate action taken can be made immediately,” Lupaz said.

First, a netizen posted his sentiments about theft incidents in Bugac, Maa, which had allegedly transpired three or four times. The poster complained about the non-functioning CCTVs that would have helped pinpoint the perpetrators

He added that two thievery incidents happened between 1 am to 4 am. He even wondered where to file a complaint, whether in the Barangay or with the police.

Another netizen also called out the Buhangin Police Station, particularly in Milan, as snatching incidents are rampant in the area. “We are afraid to walk already. Last week there were 2 incidents (of snatching), ” she said.

Lupaz added that they didn’t receive any official complaints on these incidents.

“I don’t receive any reports of this sort,” he said.

However, he said the mobile and foot patrol personnel in every police station are religiously patrolling their areas of responsibility. He also promised to deploy additional personnel on more frequent patrols in areas where crimes have been reported.

Moreover, the city police director called on Davaoeños to report to the nearest police officer any crime they experienced or witnessed.

 

 

 

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