THREE weeks after a rejuvenated anti-crime campaign, crime incidence in the city has reportedly declined according to statistics furnished by the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo).

Based on the weekly monitoring report coming from 10 police stations in the city, 34 cases of crimes against property were recorded from August 31 to September 6, 2009 and another 30 from September 21 to 27.

Nearly three weeks after the start of the anti-crime campaign last September 26, however, acting city police director Noel Armilla said crime has dropped from a high of 34 reported cases to 26 as of the October 5 to 11 period.

But Armilla is refraining from giving his men the proverbial pat on the back in spite of the improved record saying what matters above all is public opinion.

“Let the people talk on how our policemen are doing. It is still a long process and a never ending course of action,” Armilla said.

Policemen on Thursday rounded up another 57 suspected criminals in its fourth round of saturation drives.

Suspected criminals accused of murder, rape and attempted murder were among the latest to fall to the police dragnet.

Various bladed weapons and 15 undocumented motorcycles have also been seized, Armilla said.

Macanhan in Barangay Carmen was the target of the police operation last Thursday evening after the station commander of Carmen Police Station reported the

presence of illegal activities and suspected criminals in the area, Armilla said.

“It is our hope that by doing this, ma-engganyo ang katawhan to participate in the campaign because we badly need the support of the community,” Armilla said.

For his part, Police Superintendent Antonio Montalba, deputy police director, said he is confident that the public views the anti-crime campaign positively

especially since the police have observed proper procedures during operations.

Montalba said the campaign also aimed at raising people’s awareness against any form of criminal activity, aside from gaining public support for the crackdowns on criminals.

“Maybe if naay negative perception naa lang sa 15 percent but so far wala mi makadawat og negative reaction sa atong saturation drive,” Montalba said. (ALR)

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