Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal crime rate down by nearly 62%

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The Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Po­lice Provin­cial Of­fice (NOPPO) yes­ter­day con­firmed, based on data gath­ered be­tween Jan­uary and Au­gust, crime vol­ume in the prov­ince has dropped by nearly 62 per­cent.

NOPPO spokesper­son, Po­lice Se­nior In­spec­tor Aireen Cor­dua, said they recorded a to­tal crime vol­ume of 18,850, which is sig­nif­i­cantly lower than the 33,348 re­ported cases dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

NOPPO also no­ticed a sig­nif­i­cant 68.6 per­cent drop in in­dex crimes, which in­cludes mur­der, homi­cide, phys­i­cal in­jury and rape, and crimes against prop­erty. Last year also saw a de­cline, but by 57.79 per­cent.

In terms of non-in­dex crimes, which in­clude child abuse, il­le­gal drugs, il­le­gal firearms, traf­fic of­fenses, among oth­ers, there was a 58.22 per­cent drop.

NOPPO’s crime clear­ance ef­fi­ciency, mean­while, in­creased by 10.34 per­cent com­pared with 4.96 per­cent last year; with a so­lu­tion ef­fi­ciency of 5.32 per­cent. which is higher than 3.16 per­cent from 2017.

Cor­dua said the de­crease in in­dex and non­in­dex crimes and in­crease in crime clear­ance and so­lu­tion ef­fi­ciency was the

prod­uct of un­prece­dented ef­forts made by po­lice sta­tions and units across the prov­ince, re­sult­ing in a large num­ber of ar­rests.

“The con­sid­er­able par­tic­i­pa­tion of the com­mu­nity in giv­ing in­for­ma­tion to the iden­tity

and where­abouts of the sus­pects plays an im­por­tant role in their ar­rest,” she said.

NOPPO is also en­cour­ag­ing the pub­lic to con­tinue re­port­ing any sus­pi­cious per­sons or ac­tiv­i­ties oc­cur­ring in their area.

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