Community support vital to crime prevention, says PNP
Tacloban City (September 2) -- Community involvement is a vital ingredient in crime prevention. It is communities which have proven to be the catalyst for much of the work on crime prevention. As they are the ones who are most directly affected by crime, it is logical that they should be involved.
This was emphasized by Tacloban City Police Chief Romulo Cleve Taboso during the Media Forum on Crime Prevention held at the Harampang Ha PIA recently.
The same was underscored by Leyte Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Orlando Uy who said that the businessmen in the City have already had a dialogue with Mayor Alfred Romualdez, where the sector agreed to undertake measures that will prevent crime from being committed in their business establishments.
The police cannot be everywhere, Col. Taboso said, because the number of policemen is small compared to the number of citizens who needs to be protected. The police rely on the support of the community, he said, to report to the police any unnatural happenings or the presence of unidentified persons in the community.
Mr. Uy emphasized the value of helping people who are in need. The good Samaritan in each and everyone should be reincarnated. Mr. Uy said that the community should be ready to help when their fellowmen is being victimized, even just by reporting to the police authorities. If there is no report, the police cannot respond, he said.
Mr. Uy was referring to the recent hoist in one of the business establishment in the city. The robbery-holdup was done at broad day light and there were many witnesses and even security guards in the nearby stores. Nobody helped anyway, and so the robbers went away without even anyone calling the police who are just a stones throw away from the area.
Col. Taboso said that there are three elements which must be present so that a crime can be committed. First, there must be the opportunity to commit the crime. The community should not give the unscrupulous people the opportunity to commit a crime by being vigilant.
Another element is instrumentality which refers to the firearm, deadly weapon that is used in committing the crime. The third element is motive to commit the crime which may either be for personal gain or revenge.
If one of the three elements is missing, a crime cannot be committed, Col. Taboso said. Theft and robbery are committed most often because of the negligence of the victims. In other words, they gave the criminals the opportunity to perpetrate the crime.
Crime prevention should be the lookout of the family and the community. There is a need to upgrade the security in the case of the business establishments. There should also be an increased awareness on detection of criminals.
The observance of the first week of September as the National Crime Prevention Week was started in 1994 through Presidential proclamation No. 461.
Now, in its 13th year, the celebration's theme focuses on the global dimension of crime and the need to strengthen multi-sectoral cooperation in the fight against internal and domestic threats posed by terrorism, illicit drugs, firearms smuggling, human trafficking and all other forms of crimes that adversely affect national peace and development.
Various activities were lined up for the month-long celebration in the Region in order to achieve its "Crime Prevention: A Global Concern" theme, and "Mapayapang Pilipinas, Masaganang Bukas" slogan. (PIA 8) [top]