NCRPO: Crimes down in Metro Manila

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

NA­TIONAL Cap­i­tal Re­gion Po­lice Of­fice (NCRPO) Chief Guillermo Eleazar main­tained there is a down­trend in crimes in the re­gion de­spite the re­lease of a sur­vey that shows the num­ber of fam­i­lies who have been vic­tim­ized by sev­eral crimes has in­creased in the past six months.

Ac­cord­ing to the So­cial Weather Sta­tions (SWS) sur­vey con­ducted from De­cem­ber 16 to 19, the fam­i­lies who have fallen vic­tims to com­mon crimes such as street rob­bery, bur­glary, and car theft in­creased by 1.5 per­cent­age points from Septem­ber 2018's 6.1 per­cent or an es­ti­mated 1.4 mil­lion.

Eleazar said the sur­vey for the third and fourth quar­ter of 2018 is not sig­nif­i­cant, cit­ing that since 2016, the NCR ex­pe­ri­enced a 54 per­cent in­dex crime re­duc­tion for the first 30 months of the ad­min­is­tra­tion (July 2016 to De­cem­ber 2018) ver­sus the last 30 months of the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion (Jan­uary 2014 to June 2016), and 21 per­cent crime drop in 2018 from 2017.

“Yung sa sur­vey na third quar­ter (ver­sus) fourth quar­ter is not that sig­nif­i­cant. In fact, our data based on ac­tual records and not through sur­vey of re­spon­dents rep­re­sent­ing the pop­u­la­tion is dif­fer­ent. Bum­aba pa ng 7.5 per­cent,” he said.

Eleazar was re­fer­ring to the eight fo­cus crimes, such as mur­der, homi­cide, phys­i­cal in­jury, rape, rob­bery, theft, car and mo­tor­cy­cle theft, and crime against prop­erty, which he said low­ered down by 7.52 per­cent­age points in the fourth quar­ter of 2018 as com­pared to the third quar­ter.

In par­tic­u­lar, the record shows that mur­der in­ci­dents de­creased by 14.86 per­cent; rape re­duced 7.86 per­cent; rob­bery by 12.50 per­cent; theft by 9.64 per­cent; and car­nap­ping by 31.48 per­cent.

Cases of homi­cide in­creased by 1.59 per­cent and mo­tor­cy­cle theft in­creased by 7.51 per­cent.

Eleazar said, though, that the NCRPO takes such sur­vey as a chal­lenge to con­tinue their ef­forts to pre­vent more crimes and in­ten­sify the cam­paign against all forms of crim­i­nal­ity.

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