Modus Operandi of Criminal Groups
Have you ever heard of the terms, “theft”, “modus operandi”, “robbery” and the such?
Theft is the wrongful stealing of the property of another person while robbery is the same thing but only, it is with force. An example of theft is pickpocket. This is usually seen in public utility vehicles such as jeeps, buses, LRTs and more. Some “modus operandi” or methods of pickpocket are the screening method, newspaper method, backstroke method, “pagpag” method, “ipit” method and “laglag-barya” method. See? There are a lot of methods, but these are not all of them.
The screening method is usually seen in jeepneys. It is done by using another person to block the view of the intended victim, therefore making the victim irritated and unaware of the crime. This was demonstrated by 1st year students who were called to participate in the presentation of the said method. The newspaper method on the other hand, is similar to the screening method but it involves the use of a newspaper. Backstroke method is the instance when the suspect will push the intended victim against other passengers to divert the victim’s attention and then uses his free hand for pickpocket. The “pagpag” method is also known as the one wherein the suspect will spit on the victim, thus making the victim unconscious of his belongings then when the victim pats the area where there was the spit, a pickpocket occurs. Meanwhile, the “ipit” method is done in escalators, in which plus-sized women are involved. How does it work? The victim is sandwiched with two corpulent ladies and as they go up or down, one of them pushes the victim to the other woman then as the victim bends away from the other woman, the one who pushed the victim pickpockets away. Lastly, the “laglag-barya” method or LLB is self-explanatory. It is said that to get the attention of an individual, you have to distract him with money for everyone is aware of it. So, as the suspect drops a coin, the victim...