Got a date? Be wary of common crimes on Valentine's Day

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 13 2018 10:35 PM

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has issued a warning to all couples, families, and friends who plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day to be wary of various modus operandi employed by criminals. 

PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. John Bulalacao said they expect couples to flock to malls, amusement parks, restaurants and dating havens to celebrate the occasion. 

Among the modus identified by the PNP are the credit card scam of the notorious "Baraha Gang", "bukas-kotse modus", "ipit-taxi modus", "laslas bag" employed by the "Pocket Gang", "pitas" or snatching, and the "salisi modus".

“Mataas ang opportunity ng mga criminal elements na magsagawa ng salisi kaya dapat na yung mga kababyan natin na nagde-dates, kahit sila ay focus sa pakikipagkuwentuhan sa kanilang mga partners sa mga restaurant dapat hindi rin nila pinapabayaan yung kanilang mga gamit,” Bulalacao said. 

“Nagte-take advantage lalo na sa mga open parking spaces. Pag nakita nilang maraming sasakyan na naka-park at kokonti ang mga security guards na nagbabantay, doon sila nagbubukas-kotse,” he added. 

Bulalacao also told couples not to post their plans on social media, which may indicate that their homes are vacant and could lead to the "akyat-bahay" modus.

“Kung maaari ipagpaliban muna ang pag-post kung saan sila pupunta at kailan dahil ito ay magbibigay ng impormasyon sa mga masasamang loob upang biktimahin sila at akyatin ang kanilang bahay,” Bulalacao said. 

Since Valentine’s Day coincided with Ash Wednesday, Bulalacao said unit commanders are directed to deploy more troops convergence areas including churches to monitor them.

The PNP encouraged the public to go to the nearest police desk/ station to report suspicious personalities/ packages and to remain vigilant at all times.