PNP:Fewer carnapping incidents in 1st quarter of 2011

MANILA, Philippines – the number of carnapping incidents recorded during the first quarter of the year is down by nearly fifty-percent owing to aggressive police operations against carnapping syndicates.

Figures from the PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG) revealed on Sunday that from January 1 to end of March this year, a total of 255 carnapping incidents have been recorded across the country.

The said figure went down by 234 incidents from the 489 carnapping incidents that were recorded by the HPG in the same period last year or a decrease of 47.9 percent in carnapping incidents.

By month, carnapping incidents is also on the downtrend, with only 109 carnapping incidents recorded for January 2011, which is down by 85 incidents or 43.8 percent from the 194 incidents recorded on January 2010.

For February 2011, the HPG has recorded only 89 carnapping incidents, which is lower by 52 incidents from the 141 incidents recorded on February 2010 or a decrease of 36.9 percent, figures said.

The figures added for the month of March 2011, a total of 57 carnapping incidents have been recorded as compared to the 154 incidents recorded for the same month last 2010 translating to a 63 percent decrease.

HPG Director, Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina, attributes the huge decline of carnapping incidents to aggressive police operations and the neutralization of some notorious car-theft and car-jacking groups.

“We have neutralized some of the notorious carnapping group and this is because of the HPG’s aggressive police operations against car-theft and car-jacking syndicate,” Espina said in a recent interview.

Among the notorious car-jacking groups that were neutralized during the first quarter of the year was the Dominguez group led by brothers, Raymond and Roger Dominguez that operates in Central Luzon and the Rofal Group that operates in Northern Luzon.  Anthony Vargas

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