MGD eggs theft victims to file cases even as ‘10 crime rate tapers

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week egged victims of petty thieves to file cases even as the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) marked a 33-percent decrease in 2010 theft cases compared to the previous year.

He said it takes more than police visibility and tenacity in apprehending petty criminals to reduce the numbers further, adding “the citizenry should do its part by filing charges against crooks to prevent such cases from recurring.”

Despite decrease, he expressed alarm in the number of cases tallied by BCPO saying it “does not speak well of Baguio being a tourist city.”

BCPO reported 1,200-theft cases in 2010 as compared to the previous year’s 1,792.

He said, “Theft has been ranked second to physical injuries in the tally of index crimes for [two consecutive years already].”

He said, “While I believe memos aren’t needed because BCPO is doing its job… we need our constituents to do their part by filing cases and dismissing lack of concern, reasoning court cases would just take much of their precious time.”

Pundits joke if a thief only gets P100 from a poor guy’s wallet said victim loses more by filing a case for theft which requires a P150 filing fee.

This, aside from being fleeced of valuable time which he could have otherwise devoted for something more productive.

They quipped, “The city should sponsor filing fees if it is serious in curbing thievery; add to that some monetary bonus so they could likewise be compensated for lost time and maybe, just maybe, victims would be interested in filing cases.”

Meantime, BCPO 2009 and 2010 reports likewise marked reduction in murder cases from 12 to 7; homicide from 27 to 25; and rape from 62 to 41.

Physical injuries continue to top crimes against persons with 1,792-cases in 2009 albeit being reduced to 1,409-cases in 2010.

Domogan admitted, “Physical injury cases usually take root from alcohol abuse which needs further regulation.”

Meanwhile for crimes against property, cases of robbery were reduced from 505 to 452; carnapping from 40 to 28. As usual, there are no recorded cases of cattle rustling in the City of Baguio.

 
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