Snatchers back in business; public told to be vigilant

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THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) urged the public Wednesday, July 13, to be observant and attentive to surroundings, as snatchers have gone back in business due to the lifting of health restrictions.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Janette Rafter, deputy city director for operations of the CCPO, said the public must be aware of their important belongings, as malefactors are trying to get an opportunity to spot luxurious things to target.

“Sa atong mga katawhan, importante pud nga ato pod tipigan ang atoang mga gamit kay kini sila nangita ra sad og oportunidad nga makabuhat ana. Among gihangyo ang tanan sa pag-amping sa atoang mga gamit. Be cautious and vigilant sa kadalanan nato kay mubalik na gyud ang tanan nga mga kalihokan after the pandemic,” Rafter said in a press conference Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

The CCPO’s warning came after a video of a nurse victimized by a snatcher on Osmeña Boulevard on July 7, 2022 went viral online.

The nurse ran after the snatcher and jumped into the snatcher’s motorcycle to save his phone.

Rafter said the victim of the incident went to the police station to report the incident. But she said they cannot yet file a case because the snatcher has remained unidentified.

She said personnel of Police Station 2 in Abellana are doing their best to solve the case, as the authorities have obtained the physical profile of the snatcher through the statement of the victim and the dash cam that recorded the incident.

Even before last week’s incident, Rafter said they have enforced the deployment of police officers to deter crimes.

She said all the police officers of Station 2, even those from administrative offices, have been told to monitor incidents.

“Before sila mouli, during those rush hours, dapat jud sila mo observe,” said Rafter.

She added that to prevent similar incidents from happening not just on Osmeña Blvd., they have tasked other police stations in Cebu City to do the same.

Asked about the victim’s action, Rafter said it is natural for victims to resist, but she reminded the public to prioritize their lives than material things.

“Among gihangyo, labinag duha ka tawo ang iyang nakita, as much as possible, mas importante ang atoang kinabuhi kaysa sa atong butang,” she said. (Jeanie Mea Pitor, CNU intern)

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