THE Theft and Robbery Section (TRS) of the Cebu City Police Office noted a drastic decrease in crimes against property in this yearâ€™s Sinulog celebration.
Senior Insp. Michael Anthony Bastes, TRS chief, said there was only one case of pickpocketing and a reported carnapping that reached his desk during last Sundayâ€™s Sinulog grand parade.
In 2008, six cases of pickpocketing and one robbery was recorded by the TRS in Cebu City.
In the 11 police stations, only four incidents were recorded. These were in the police stations of Parian, Fuente, Waterfront and Mabolo. The areas of jurisdiction of Parian, Fuente and Waterfront are covered by the 5.1-kilometer carousel route for the grand parade.
Three victims reported losing their cellular phones to pickpockets while the other one was a snatching incident.
One of suspected snat-chers, however, was collared by the police and is detained at the Fuente OsmeÃ±a Police Station.
Bastes believed that the anti-petty crimes campaign the TRS has launched since Jan. 11 paid off.
He said the intensified monitoring on the possible arrival of a group of robbers or pickpockets have been conducted by the police.
This way, he said, the police also came up with measures that prevented the pickpockets from preying on the grand parade revelers.
He said since Jan. 11 up to yesterday, the TRS operatives arrested a total of 29 people suspected to have been involved in snatching, pickpocketing and other petty crimes.
The 29 suspected thieves arrested excludes the minor offenders, who were later released.
Of the 29 suspects, 14 of them were charged with appropriate complaints before the Cebu City Prosecutorâ€™s Office. (JTG/Sun.Star Cebu)