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PIA Press Release
2007/09/07

Dumaguete establishments with second floors warned: Break-ins more likely

by Rachelle Nessia

Dumaguete City (7 September) -- The city peace and order council plans to meet with owners of business establishments in the city with unused second floors to warn them of possible break-ins in their establishment.

Fernando Martinez, Executive Director of the City Peace and Order Council, said it has been noted in incidents of break-ins that it usually starts at the second floor of the business establishments.

Martinez likewise said that it has likewise been observed that break-ins occurred before the fire starts in the commercial building.

"This is one area where the council is looking into, if we could possible round up the owners of business establishments with second floors that are not being used or unoccupied to give the owners precautionary measures," he said.

Martinez was speaking during the recent Kapihan forum to mark the observation of National Crime Prevention Week in the city.

He disclosed that the council is eyeing to endorse the proposed ordinance on the creation of police auxiliary in the city. "We hope to endorse the police auxiliary to the city councilors," he said.

The proposed ordinance on the creation of police auxiliary is foremost among the proposals relating to peace and order now pending for approval at the city council.

City Councilor Alan Cordova, who sits as Chairman of the Peace and Order Committee at the city council, said that the said proposal is patterned after the police auxiliary in Bayawan City.

"This program has worked in Bayawan, and we hope to replicate it here, although there are still issues such as whether we should get the police auxiliary from existing barangay tanods or employ new people," said Cordova.

Another proposed city ordinance on peace and order is the creation of Bantay Katilingban, wherein community-based watchers would be formed and set up down to the grassroots level.

Meanwhile, the City Police Office is preparing for its upcoming inspection by Camp Crame officers. "We are preparing for an inspection to be done by Camp Crame officers on Sept. 10 to 14," said City Police Chief Dionardo Carlos in the same forum.

He added that they are currently monitoring a certain group believed to be responsible for the crime incidents that occurred in the city recently, which they hope to catch this week. "Meron kaming minomonitor, para ma-solve natin yung mga cases that happened these past weeks," he disclosed.

He further said: "We are just waiting for them to make a mistake because it needs proper evidence and hindi na lang basta basta na lang dinampot natin. Kailangan this must stand in court. I hope we will come up with a result within the week," Carlos explained. (PIA) [top]

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