Benguet re­ports re­duced crime rate

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The province re­mains to be peace­ful with an ob­served de­crease in crime rate of fo­cused crimes ex­cept for car­nap­ping in­ci­dence.

Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Luisito Meris re­ported dur­ing the re­cent Peace and Or­der Coun­cil (PPOC) meet­ing from Jan­uary to Oc­to­ber 2018, the av­er­age crime rate de­creased by 34 per­cent com­pared to the same pe­riod last year.

Fo­cused crime rates are mur­der, homi­cide, rape, phys­i­cal in­juries, car­nap­ping of mo­tor cars, car­nap­ping of mo­tor ve­hi­cles, rob­bery, and theft.

The re­ported de­crease in fo­cused crime rate are mur­der, 20 per­cent ; homi­cide, 20 per­cent; rape, 14 per­cent; phys­i­cal in­juries, 28 per­cent; car­nap­ping of mo­tor ve­hi­cle,70 per­cent; car­nap­ping of mo­tor cars re­mained sta­ble; rob­bery, 39 per­cent; and theft seven per­cent.

Meris at­trib­uted the de­crease in crime rate to the in­crease in po­lice op­er­a­tion ac­tiv­i­ties, in­crease in the latch­ing of crim­i­nals, and good po­lice com­mu­nity re­la­tions.

But he is not dis­count­ing the pos­si­bil­ity the low­er­ing of crimes may also be at­trib­uted to bet­ter and im­proved life of the peo­ple. Hence, crimes com­mit­ted for sur­vival or eco­nomic rea­sons were min­i­mized.

Gover­nor Cres­cen­cio Pa­calso is happy to note of the main­tained peace and or­der in the province. This, he said, is a re­flec­tion and man­i­fes­ta­tion of the co­op­er­a­tion of all mem­ber agen­cies on

peace keep­ing ef­forts which he hopes will con­tinue even dur­ing the elec­tion pe­riod.

Pa­calso said, so far the province has­n­ever ex­pe­ri­enced any elec­tion-re­lated vi­o­lence and still re­mains the most peace­ful.

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