Film showing tricks criminals use to be shown in buses
The Philippine National Police (PNP)’s community relations group is encouraging operators of buses and terminals to play the 45-minute film it produced featuring tricks and modus operandi criminals use in a bid to raise the awareness of the public against crime as the holiday season approaches.
The PNP’s Police Community Relations Group (PCRG) will start distributing 500 DVDs to buses and terminals on Tuesday next week for free as December nears, Senior Supt. Gilbert Cruz said on Wednesday.
Each DVD contains 15 educational videos showing the different tricks criminals use to steal from unsuspecting individuals.
Cruz himself, in different characters, will star in the videos where he reenacted the several modi operandi thieves and scammers carry out, including crimes committed inside buses and other public utility vehicles (PUVs).
“Pakikiusapan sila na i-play ito kasi reminder sa mga pasahero ito. Maganda ‘yung parating pinapaalala. Baka iniisip nila masaya sila sa katabi nila, hindi nila alam dinudukutan na sila,” Cruz said in an interview at Camp Crame.
“Sandali lang ito, mga 45 minutes so habang bumabyahe sila at least nareremind sila sa mga krimen.
He also reiterated the basic crime prevention tips the public should always remember when going to crowded places, especially in malls, bazaars and night markets.
Cruz said shoppers should avoid using backpacks as these can be slashed easily by the pickpockets.
Instead, place your belongings in a small sling bag so you can always check it while shopping, Cruz reminded.
“Hangga’t maari huwag maglagay ng mahalagang gamit sa backpack kasi nasa slash ‘yan eh. Nabubuksan ang zipper without them knowing. Mas maganda sa harapan ‘yung body bag habang bumabyahe o naglalakad sa mall,” he said.
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