Ba­colod crimes down by 17%

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY GLAZYL Y. MASCULINO

THE Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice (BCPO) has recorded a de­crease of 17.12 per­cent in crim­i­nal in­ci­dents from Jan­uary 1 to De­cem­ber 31, 2018.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Fran­cisco Ebreo, act­ing BCPO di­rec­tor, an­nounced this in a press brief­ing at the city po­lice head­quar­ters yes­ter­day along with the 10 sta­tion com­man­ders.

Ebreo said 2,823 in­ci­dents were recorded in 2018 com­pared to 3,406 cases in 2017, post­ing a re­duc­tion of 583 in­ci­dents.

For in­dex crimes or crimes against per­son or prop­erty, 677 cases in 2018 were recorded as against the 1,132 in­ci­dents in 2017, with a de­crease of 455 cases or 40.19 per­cent.

For the eight fo­cus crimes, theft has the high­est num­ber of cases with 261 fol­lowed by phys­i­cal in­jury, 168; rob­bery, 136; rape, 61; mur­der, 24; homi­cide, 10; car­nap­ping, 1; and mo­tor­nap­ping, 16.

Ebreo said the eight fo­cus crimes in all 10 po­lice sta­tions also de­creased.

Non-in­dex crimes also de­creased by 5.63 per­cent or 128 cases, from 2,274 cases in 2017 to 2,146 in­ci­dents in 2018.

Un­der the non-in­dex crimes, reck­less im­pru­dence re­sult­ing in homi­cide reached to 42 cases last year from 20 in­ci­dents in 2017, with an in­crease of 22 cases of 110 per­cent.

A to­tal of 499 reck­less im­pru­dence re­sult­ing in phys­i­cal in­jury cases were recorded in 2018 com­pared to the 234 in­ci­dents in 2017, with an in­crease of 265 cases or 113 per­cent.

Cases on reck­less im­pru­dence re­sult­ing in dam­age to prop­er­ties reached to 439 last year from 565 in­ci­dents in 2017, with a re­duc­tion of 126 cases or 22.30 per­cent.

For po­lice ini­ti­ated op­er­a­tions, 922 op­er­a­tions were con­ducted last year, an in­crease of 356 op­er­a­tions or 62.90 per­cent from 566 op­er­a­tions in 2017.

For the av­er­age monthly crime rate, crimes re­duced by 17.12 per­cent from 48.82 in 2017 to 40.46 in 2018.

Ebreo said the an­ti­crim­i­nal­ity cam­paign of the BCPO con­trib­uted to the re­duc­tion of crimes in the city.

He said their En­hanced Man­ag­ing Po­lice Op­er­a­tions (Empo) con­fer­ence twice a week helped them de­ter­mine and as­sess the oc­cur­rence of crimes in ev­ery area in the city.

We de­ploy beat pa­trols in ar­eas which need po­lice pres­ence in or­der to pre­vent crimes, he added.

The in­ter­ven­tion of the sta­tion com­man­ders and the co­op­er­a­tion of the com­mu­nity are also con­sid­ered to be fac­tors in the crime re­duc­tion, Ebreo said.*

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