DAVAO CITY November 4 --- The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) will use the 30 units of donated mountain bikes for its bike patrol unit.
Police Senior Inspector Milgrace Driz, DCPO spokesperson said the bike patrol will start this November 23, the patrols will cover Davao City’s downtown area.
The 30 mountain bikes which are priced at P30,000 per bike were donated by the Public Safety Savings and Loan Incorporated. This is part of the 200 bikes donated by the PSSLAI to the Philippine National Police as part of their corporate social responsibility initiatives.
The PSSLAI is the sole association created by virtue of RA 8367 which provides savings and loan products exclusively to the uniformed and non-uniformed personnel of the public safety sector.
Driz said the patrols which will be done by buddy system aims to increase police visibility. Aside from patrolling against crime, the bike-riding cops will also enforce city ordinances like the anti-smoking ordinance.
Meanwhile Driz said that the DCPO is going house-to-house to distribute information materials on safety and anti-crime tips. These are part of their crime prevention program.
Based on figures there has been a decrease of index and non-index crime as compared to the previous year. From January to September 2014 there had been a total of 5,935 index crimes. In the same period of this year there were recorded 3,870 index crimes or a reduction of 34%.
Non-index crimes tallied last year (January to September) 7,109 while there were only 6,492 non-index crimes in the same period of this year. (PIA/RG Alama)