BCPO taps youth to curb crime-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Thursday, September 19, 2013
LAW enforcers are reaching out to the youth to curb the trend of younger people often falling prey to criminals or have become perpetrators of the crimes themselves.
Some 400 students and out of school youth were tapped by the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) to come up with solutions and suggestions to help curb criminality among the youth as well as finding ways for them not to become victims of criminal elements.
Baguio Police Chief Jesus Cambay Jr. said most of the crimes in the city often involve the youth while some would have the youth as victims.
Among the crimes often involving the youth include theft, pickpocket, physical injuries and bullying.
Cambay said they will adopt the resolutions and suggestions made by the youth in the various crime prevention strategies and information they will disseminate to the public.
The city’s top cop also appealed to the youth and the community to help thwart crimes by reporting and coordinating with the police.
As part of the National Crime Prevention Month, the BCPO has identified the youth as a major stakeholder in Baguio with the city touted as the Education Center of the North where more than 100,000 students have been attending various schools, colleges and universities.
BCPO records show of the 916 cases of crimes against property in the city, some 16 percent of these cases involve the youth who are often victimized by criminal elements while some 21 percent of these cases involve the youth as perpetrators.
BCPO spokesperson Inspector Viyo Hidalgo said among the suggestions from young participants include going home early after classes, choosing their companions and avoiding dark areas at night so as not to add to the statistics of the youth victimized by criminals.
He added role playing sessions among the participants were also conducted to come up with practical application of the youth summit on how to avoid being victims and perpetrators of the crime.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 20, 2013.