Concerned residents of Barangay Paltok, Quezon City are seeking police assistance in preventing criminality from rising in their community.
Barangay chairman Sonny Paragua issued the call following cases of burglaries allegedly perpetrated by motorcycle-riding criminal elements in their neighborhood.
One of the latest victims, Jay Jadulan, 46, of 51-D Natividad Street allegedly lost P50,000 and undetermined amount of checks to robbers who broke into his Honda car on Friday. He said the thieves smashed the right side window of his vehicle to get inside and search for valuables.
A few days earlier, Andrea Aying, 20, a student, was also victimized by riding in tandem snatchers just a few blocks away from her house on Natividad St. Aying said she lost her mobile cellular worth P12,000 and a wallet with P500.
In an interview, Paragua said both incidents have been reported to the police.
“The burglars were previously identified, and they are residents of Brgy. Damayan. Upon coordination with officials of the said barangay, they said that the same modus was done by the suspects in their vicinity. All the CCTVs in our barangay are functioning, which led to the identification of the suspects that are now subject to a manhunt operation.
We vowed to intensify our barangay tanod’s visibility in our streets,” Paragua said.
The PNP has been advising the public to avoid using or exposing their mobile phones on the streets, and to avoid leaving cash, gadgets, and other valuable materials inside parked vehicles.