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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, August 7, 2018
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Police urge alarm systems


Financial institutions such as banks, pawnshops, and lending firms in Bacolod City are urged to have an alarm system connected to the local police to boost the security of their establishments.

Chief Insp. Sherlock Gabana, Bacolod City Police Station public information officer, said yesterday that they are closely coordinating with the financial institutions to know if there are unusual activities in the establishment and to immediately address them.

This was after a major bank in Tuguegarao City was robbed on July 31.

"The banks, pawnshops, lending firms, and other financial institution's security are being checked whether they are soft targets or there is presence of a termite gang," Gabana said.

Termite gangs are robbers staying in the same or nearby building for several days, creating tunnels, or passageway going to their target bank.

Although the bank heist recently happened in Tuguegarao, the local police cannot discount the possibility that this could also happen in Bacolod, Gabana said.

He said the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the firms' managers are conducting meetings every month to discuss issues such as the security that needs to be strengthened, and other concerns.

Gabana said he is urging financial firms to have security alarms connected to the respective police stations where their building is located and to the BCPO headquarters as well.

Not all of the banks, pawnshops, and lending firms in Bacolod have security alarms, Gabana added.*SGG


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