Carnapping drop in first 7 months

The number of reported carnapping incidents from January to August this year dropped significantly compared to the same period in 2015, which is attributed to the sustained crackdown on syndicates and their patrons by the Provincial Highway Patrol Group.

Dumaguete City retains the dubious distinction of having the most number of carnapping incidents. Of the 96 reported cases, more than half or 56 occurred in the City of Gentle people, while 40 other incidents transpired elsewhere.

Thirty (30) of the stolen units in Dumaguete City were recovered within Negros Oriental while twenty-six (26) remain missing.

HPG Team Leader Sr. Inspector Robelito Mariano reports that in the first seven months, 96 carnapping incidents were logged compared to 129 for the same period in 2015. Further more, 64 vehicles were recovered in the same period last year compared to 55 this year.

In particular, 23 of the recovered units were motorcycles and 5 motor vehicles to include two dump trucks through actual search operations while other units were abandoned.

It was observed that in 2015, the first three months (January to March) registered the most number of carnapping incidents averaging 22 reported stolen vehicles/ motorycles per month. (By Dems Demecillo)

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