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Ilocos cops launch handbook anticipating crime and robbery incidents

By Freddie G. Lazaro

VIGAN CITY (September 11) -- Police operatives had launched a handbook on anti-bank and pawnshop robbery during the culmination of the celebration of Crime Prevention Week in Camp General Oscar Florendo, in San Fernando City, La Union, it was learned.

The 21-page handbook, which was made and printed by the Regional Anti-Bank Robbery Special Operations Task Force and the Regional Intelligence Division, contained the tips on countering the modus operandi of various syndicates involved in bank and pawnshop robberies such as the notorious "Acetylene Gang."

Chief Superintendent Leopoldo Bataoil, Ilocos Region Police Director, said the publication of the book is another big step in enforcing laws, winning wars and touching people's lives.

"I congratulate the people behind the publication of the Book. Our call of duty must be heard and heeded. Together, we can do more, let us fight crime with knowledge," Bataoil said.

Senior Superintendent Noli Taliņo, the Book's Editor-in chief, said they came out with the handbook after a careful study on the past activities of the "Acetylene Gang" and evaluating police's counter measures.

He said the handbook will serve as guide for the local police, owners and managers of banks and pawnshops and other similar establishments as well as the local government units and the community in combating robberies.

"For the past five years, robbery have been prevalent in Ilocos victimizing mostly banks and their clients, pawnshops, convenient stores and other similar establishments that resulted to financial breakdown of some of them," Taliņo said.

He said that most of the robbery incidents happened was perpetrated by the Acetylene Gang which had gained notoriety not only in Ilocos but in the entire country.

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent Romeo Espiritu, Task Force chief, said the impact of the handbook will make the Ilocos region "a dangerous place for robbers."

"The Task Force came up with this handbook to prevent robbery incidents in banks and pawnshops and to provide tips to clients and to our law enforcers," Espiritu said.

Among the tip cited in the Book is "consider everyday as an opportune day for robbery and always bring companions in transacting business with banks and pawnshops."

Recently, police authorities in Pangasinan and Ilocos Sur recently busted two groups of Acetylene Gang that resulted to the arrest of several persons including their equipments. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]

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