PNP eyes opening Twitter account for crime reporting

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is looking at using the social media to make it easier for the public to report crimes to police authorities.

The PNP chief, Director General Alan Purisima, said the idea of the police going online was prompted by a data report showing a significant number of crime victims do not report their ordeal to authorities for several reasons, of which includes inaccessibility to police stations.

“For example, when somebody was victimized by a robber, he or she doesn’t report it anymore because the police station is too far. But these reports are needed by us,” he said in Filipino.

The figures that will be derived from these reports, the PNP official said, can be used as reference for the number of police officers a particular area needs.

He said attention will be directed to other areas if the records would be incomplete.

With this, Purisima said he is looking at using Twitter as venue for easier reporting of crime incidents, adding that he has tasked the Directorate for Police Community Relations to work on the idea.

Announcements will be made soon, he said.

In its mid-year report of accomplishments, the PNP said it has arrested 16,661 wanted criminals in police operations.

Ten were killed and 131 others were forced to surrender.

The arrested wanted persons included fugitives listed as Most Wanted with hefty bounties on their heads, Purisima said.

He also said 75 organized crime groups have been neutralized. Almost 500 members of these crime syndicates were put behind bars.

More prominent among these neutralized criminal gangs were the Batangas-Romblon-Leyte (BLR) Group, believed involved in bank robberies in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Six members of the gang led by Rex Borinaga were arrested on May 3 while reportedly casing a bank branch on the West Service Road in Sucat, Parañaque City; the Martinez carjacking gang allegedly led by Juan Martinez who was arrested in Masbate City along with three gangmates on May 8, 2013; four arrested members of a gun-for-hire group believed responsible for the assassination of a village councilor in San Pablo City on April 5.

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  • themask celestial

    Wala nangng nagyayari sa face to face reporting sa twitter pa kaya. Minsan I called police station, i refer ka lang sa barangay, tawag ka sa barangay irefer ka sa pulis.

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    may nang iiscam na anticrime support group at crime buster group.
    nahuli nyo na?
    binabagsak ang mga pangalan ng heneral nyo. office ay sa cubao
    dami bank account, parang PNP talaga. both legal at illegal. :)

  • Batang 80’s

    PNP should also look on how to verify a certain incident na reported sa twitter. Kung walang verification, tataas ang crime rate kasi kahit sino pwedeng mag-tweet kahit wala namang nangyari lalo pa ngayon maraming galit sa pulis.

    • Batang 80’s

      I forgot to add na kung sa MMDA useful ang twitter kasi ang tao pwedeng kuhanan ang certain situation sa kalsada, yun ang proof na totoo ang report. Kung sa PNP, paano po makukuhanan ang sarili mo na actual kang hinoholdap eh ang unang gagawin ng tao eh itago ang cellphone? POLICE VISIBILITY pa din ang pwedeng solution.

      • Batang 80’s

        One more thing, may sumasagot na ba sa 117? two years ago nung tumatawag ako sa 117, walang sumasagot, i-re-report ko sana ang actual na pagnanakaw ng steel railings sa kamuning flyover.

  • Mux

    People do not report crimes because we are afraid of being victimized TWICE! First by the criminal and second by you corrupt cops!

  • Gastig

    Wow bright idea…..sinong nakapagisip nito?! :(

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