Crimes committed by motorcycle-riding suspects are down by 59 percent during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, Joint Task Force Covid Shield commander Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said on October 23, 2020.
“Itong seven months natin kung ikukumpara natin sa seven months before that, 59 percent ang ibinaba ng mga insidente involving motorcycle-riding suspects. Lahat na ‘yan pati sa lahat ng klaseng index crimes. Kung dating average niyan apat, ngayon dalawa na lang (In the seven months, incidents involving motorcycle-riding suspects went down by 59 percent as compared to the previous seven months before that. That includes index crimes. If the average then was four, now it’s down to two),” Eleazar said in a television interview.
The number of such crimes has decreased for the previous years, as well as the crime rate in the entire country by 46 percent, he added.
“Dalawa ‘yung nakikita nating reasons bakit na-highlight na naman ito, una dahil in spite bumaba ang krimen sa buong bansa ng 46%, naging sunod-sunod siya nitong bandang huli na nagluluwag tayo. Noong mahigpit naman kasi ‘yan hindi naman kasi natin nakikita ‘yan (There could be two reasons why this was highlighted again. One was the decrease in crime nationwide by 46 percent. However, when we relaxed the quarantine protocols, it somehow happened again),” he said.
Earlier, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año promised to employ a new strategy in running after criminals after President Rodrigo Duterte expressed the need to purchase new motorcycles for the Philippine National Police (PNP) to help prevent street crimes.
Año directed PNP chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan to submit the requirements on the acquisition of new motorcycles, which are seen to improve the police’s capability to prevent and respond to street crimes.
He said members of the Highway Patrol Group have already been undergoing training to improve their capability to go after street criminals.
Meanwhile, Eleazar said police commanders nationwide should intensify police visibility and employ strategic deployment of personnel in business districts and other areas frequented by people.
The move is in anticipation of the impact of the lifting of some quarantine protocols. (Christopher Lloyd Caliwan, PNA)