DUMAGUETE CITY – The local police has concluded that most of the victims of Dumaguete shootings are previously linked to illegal activities such as robbery, illegal gambling and drug trafficking.
Supt. Jovito M. Atanacio, City Chief-of- Police, reported to the City Council that from January to August 11 shooting incidents have been recorded, 4 said incidents have been solved; this basically similar to the number of shootings in the same period last year 2016. The number of robbery incidents was slightly higher this year compared to 2016 at 15 and 14, respectively. Finally, cases of swindling from January- August in 2017 dropped to just 14 compared to the same period in 2016 that registered 53 incidents, 20 of which have been solved.
However, some observers note that the spike of shootings and robbery occurred in the month of September, which was not yet included in the tally. Supt. Atanacio has tasked his top officers to focus on the investigations and intensify preventive patrols to stem the tide.
In the campaign against illegal drugs, Dumaguete has arrested 109 suspects from March 1 to September 10, 2017, which is more than the combined apprehensions made by the five other cities: Tanjay, 27; Bais, 19; Canlaon, 11; Bayawan, 8 and Guihulngan 5.
The local police said that Dumaguete is a fast growing city and crime is parallel with it and the presence of may BPO companies meant more workers are at risk of being robbed, hence the active support of the community and the installation of CCTV cameras would greatly reduce occurrence of crimes.
Mayor Felipe Antonio “Ipe” Remollo said that the bidding for the lease of CCTV system might be completed within the year considering that the administration is still waiting for the authorization from the Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Budget and Management as required by law.
The members of the City Council were so impressed of the police reports that they are inclined to give the Dumaguete City PNP a commendation for their achievements.