No carnapping incidents in March, April

By Ralph John Mijares

ROXAS CITY—No carnapping cases were recorded from March to May 2019 and from March to April 2020, said Capt. Peter Bergonio of the Capiz Highway Patrol Group (HPG).

There are less motornapping cases in March to May 2020 in the same period in 2019, he added.

In the May 6 edition of the Governor’s Update on the Capiz Kalabaka Information Center Facebook page, Bergonio said there are only six cases this year compared to last year’s eight.

One of the cases in March 2020 involves a motorcycle being forcibly taken while the rest were stolen while parked and unattended.

Bergonio said the COVID-19 and presence of police have contributed to the lesser number of cases.

One of the cases in March 2019 has been settled, while in another the motorcycle was not recovered; for March 2020, one solved, four unrecovered; April 2019, two solved cases; April 2020, one unrecovered; May 2019, one solved, one unrecovered; May 2020, no cases.

Bergonio said that the Land Transportation Office and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board are mandated to arrest vehicles.

Bergonio added that aside from traffic rules violations, the HPG can also arrest violators of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ ) protocols.