HEIGHTENED MONITORING. Personnel of the Highway Patrol Group inspect shops selling second hand vehicle parts to ensure these are not cannibalized parts of stolen vehicles. The inspection is in line with the strengthened campaign against anti-fencing and anti-carnapping. (PNA photo by Leah D. Agonoy)
PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur – The Highway Patrol Group (HPG) has strengthened its campaign against anti-fencing and anti-carnapping laws in this province, an HPG official said Monday.
Capt. Romeo Orcullo Jr., provincial HPG chief, said they are monitoring all shops selling second-hand vehicle parts and accessories in this city and in other towns of this province as part of the initiative.
“Bigger areas like Cagayan de Oro is near Pagadian (City), and the probability of having the illegal items sold here is low. However, we wanted to make sure that such sellers (of illegal items) do not exist here (in the province),” Orcullo said.
Among the items HPG is tracking are parts of stolen vehicles that are sold separately as part of the tactics adopted by carnappers to evade authorities.
“Sometimes they are sold online through the social media,” Orcullo said, adding that some of the cannibalized vehicle parts are mixed with legally sold items “usually in second-hand shops.”
He said this was the reason why they are on heightened monitoring on second-hand vehicle parts being sold in local shops. (PNA)
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