Bonuses, free spending and the carefree jolly season which the holiday brings also magnet those with naughty criminal intent.
And preparing for this, the Bohol police assures it’s all hands on deck to prevent crimes and deter the occurrence of such as Boholanos don on their best for the festive holidays.
Already reeling from spikes in extortion, scam and petty criminal activities, Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO) now steps up on its role to hand to Boholanos safe and enjoyable Christmas, deputy for operations chief at Camp Dagohoy, Police Superintendent Jonathan Satentes said.
Festive activities will be in the spotlight, and crime prevention may not, so it is important for the Bohol PPO to ensure “they are doing what they can to prevent crime, if not deter the occurrence of such crimes.”
This as BPPO through Supt Satentes reported to the joint meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) an over-all 10.02 percent increase in crimes in October as against the previous month.
October records 21 cases decrease in index crimes but the 42 cases more of non-index crimes which was recorded during the month proved insufficient to nail the rise in crimes.
Non Index crimes last month only reached 419 cases, a figure that got buried with the 461 cases
reported in police blotters in October, causing the crime increase.
This is despite the decrease in index crimes in October of 177 from September’s 198 cases.
Non index crimes however are those punishable by special laws and not the revised penal code that their increase would show police getting more proactive in its anti-crime campaigns, police officials from Camp Dagohoy said.
Of the non index crimes, most notable among these incidents are traffic related incidents, pointed out Supt Satentes.
From 214 traffic related crime incidents in September, the figure revved to 268 cases in October, an increase of 54 cases.
And of the 268 TRIs in October, 187 are caused by human error, Camp Dagohoy crime tracking records showed.
Topping the human error cause of accidents are over-speeding, premature overtaking and illegal turns, police said.
Crime statisticians however at Camp Dagohoy have always noted the spike in crimes as the holiday season nears, and this year may be no different.
But faced with the challenge, and still preparing for another major mobilization as Bohol hosts the last of the ASEAN meetings next week, Supt Satentes has this to say.
Rest assured that Bohol PPO will double our efforts to ensure that the Boholano people will enjoy public safety and security during the observance of the traditional Yuletide Season in coordination with the partnership with other law enforcement agencies, LGUs, private security providers and other volunteer organizations. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)