Police on red alert this yuletide season PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 14:48

The entire police force in Zamboanga Peninsula is on red alert this Christmas season due to expected increase in the number of criminals that will prey on shoppers, tourists, visitors and holiday merry makers.

Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles met his field commanders last weekend and issued a directive for the implementation of maximized security measures in their respective jurisdictions.

He also ordered the field commanders never to give chances to the criminals to perpetrate their unlawful acts.

Estilles said that aside from the existing security plan in place, he wants the provincial and city police directors to increase police visibility and patrol in all public places and the different entry and exit points to monitor the activities and presence of wanted persons and terrorists who might take advantage of the yuletide season.

Regular conduct of spot and mobile checkpoints ,patrols, serving of arrest warrants and the enforcement of total gun ban in the region are being intensified to reduce the crime volume and protect innocent civilians.

“It is expected that there would be influx of vacationers this Christmas, they travel home. They spend money for holidays and go shopping with their families and so we want to keep everybody safe,” Estilles said.

He also warned the public against out-of-town burglars, snatchers, pickpockets and carnappers who are expected to flock to urban centers this season.

Estilles said that every Christmas season, criminals will take advantage of the shopping spree which will be in high pitch due to bonuses of employees of both private and government offices.

He warned mall goers to adopt basic security measures in order not to get attracted to  downtown criminals and burglars.

“Everyone should be cautious about what they wear, in hiding their money, and by not wearing jewelries and showing in public some expensive items like cellphones, i-pads and other gadgets which are hot items to the eyes of criminals,” Estilles said. — Bhong Simbajon