Robredo to PNP: stop crimes by motorcycle riding in tandem crooks

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo today said that the Philippine National Police (PNP) has already adopted some measures to stop the proliferation of crimes committed by motorcycle-riding in tandem criminals.

Earlier, Robredo, who is also Chairman of the National Police Commission (Napolcom), issued an order to the PNP to conduct operations amid reports of the increasing number of victims falling prey to riding in tandem crooks especially in Metro Manila.

In his directive, Robredo asked PNP Chief Nicanor Bartolome to submit an assessment report on the matter including measures that the PNP intends to implement with specific operational requirements and logistical support.

Through a memorandum for the Secretary, Bartolome admitted that there was an increase in crime incidents involving motorcycle riding criminals this year. Citing statistics, he disclosed that there were 1,700 crime incidents committed from January to September 2011, compared to 1,565 similar incidents during the same period last year.

The PNP chief also noted that some measures have already been adopted to enhance crime prevention and solution such as, the implementation of the Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS), and the deployment of motorcycle mounted police officers known as Motorized Anti-Street Crime Operatives (MASCO).

The deployment of the MASCO, whose members are required to undergo basic tactical rider’s course, is aimed at preventing robberies, carnappings/carjackings, kidnappings and other crimes perpetrated by motorcycle riding criminals.

Bartolome also reported that maximum police visibility has been intensified with the deployment of administrative personnel assigned at headquarters and support units to the field especially in the metropolis.

Likewise, PNP field commanders have been directed to optimize police personnel deployment in the streets, malls, banks, transport terminals, airports/seaports, and other places of convergence to implement “kontra Boga” and “Operation Bakal” against loose firearms and “Oplan Sita” and “No Plate No Travel” policy against motorists.

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