Police remind public: Be vigilant vs. criminals this Christmas season

POLICE in Central Visayas reminded the public Monday, Nov. 14, to be vigilant against criminals who target people using their automated teller machine (ATM) cards online and offline especially this Christmas season.

Brig. Gen. Roderick Augustus Alba, chief of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas, said they expect some criminals to be active this coming Christmas season, thus he urged the public to protect their personal identification number (PIN) and bank account numbers.

Alba said criminals usually find ways to victimize people and get big amounts from their victims, thus it is important for the public to be aware of this.

He said the Central Visayas police will intensify their campaign against cybercrimes through the help of the Philippine National Police’s Anti-Cybercrime Unit and bank managers in the region.

In the next few days, more police personnel will be deployed on the streets, while some will be monitoring and securing shopping malls and ATM machines to deter crimes.

Alba said they will implement the “Broken Windows Theory,” which was applied by former police chiefs in the region.

Under this theory, disorder and incivility within a community are seen to cause serious crime, thus Alba said the police will be monitoring certain “disorders” to prevent possible crimes.

He said each city and provincial police offices in the region will deploy their respective personnel to maintain peace and order in their respective areas of responsibility. (AYB / LMY)