Department of Public Safety Commissioner James C. Deleon Guerrero wants the Thief Apprehension Select Coalition to solve the two burglaries last month at Mt. Carmel High School in Chalan Kanoa.
Deleon Guerrero said in an interview that he wants TASC, a special group that focuses on solving burglary, theft, and robbery cases, to concentrate on solving the two incidents.
Deleon Guerrero said they are trying to designate Chalan Kanoa and Susupe as safe zones, yet these burglaries at Mt. Carmel happened.
“It is really something that I think we need to do in order for us to send a positive message to the community that we are really serious in keeping this place a safe zone,” he said.
The first burglary was during the weekend of Sept. 7 to 8 and the last was on Sept. 15. Several items were stolen from students’ lockers in the two incidents.
In the first incident, the suspect or suspects entered the high school building and stole several items from students’ lockers. At the junior high school building, the burglar or burglars smashed one classroom glass door and stole several items from that room.
That burglary prompted the Mt. Carmel administration that same day to hire the services of a security company to provide a daily 12-hour security personnel.
Unfortunately, on Sept. 15, a Sunday, the suspect or suspects struck again during daylight hours, breaking into the high school building and stealing several items from students’ lockers. They also smashed three glass windows to enter three classrooms.
Deleon Guerrero said he will meet with Mt. Carmel president Galvin Deleon Guerrero next week as he wants to see what further information may be offered.
He said that part of the process in their goal to make Chalan Kanoa and Susupe safe zones is to make sure the community’s confidence stays strong with the police’s presence.
Deleon Guerrero said they have bike patrols assigned in the area and the crime rate there dropped down since they implemented that.
He said accessibility to Mt. Carmel School is needed because, if police don’t have a way to get into the gated compound, that defeats the purpose of having patrols in the area.
“I think we have to set a positive message to the community that we’re here and if you do something, we go after you,” he said.
The commissioner said that people’s confidence is building up and they now see a lot of people walking around the streets. “We want them to walk freely.”