Zamboanga police: kidnappers using social media to look for victims

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 April) – Posts on social media sites like Facebook can make users targets of kidnappers if they were not careful with what they share online, a police official said.

“Be careful of what you share online,” city police director Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro cautioned residents amid security threats in this city.

Casimiro said the tendency of residents to share their location, photos of their houses, and other personal details online would endanger their safety in light of reports that kidnappers are browsing social media sites to pick targets.

“We got information from the Sulu area that they are looking at the Facebook accounts of people in Zamboanga City. You are opening up your houses and family to possible trouble,” he warned.

He disclosed that bombing and kidnapping remain the top threats in this city.

He said they also engage the communities to be early warning mechanisms as part of target hardening measures of the local police.

He said coastline patrol and sea-borne operations were also being intensified to further secure coastal and island barangays.

He said the continued “security hardening” has so far deterred kidnapping incidents in this city.

“If you look at the nearby provinces, that’s where the kidnappers are doing their activities as they believe that Zamboanga City is being hardened, and we will continue to do the hardening of Zamboanga City,” he added.

Recently, the police and military conceptualized and adopted a security plan dubbed “PuMA” or “Pulis-Marines-Army” deployment and stepped up security measures in this city. (MindaNews)