BCPO: Crime rate down by 23.32%

Watchmen Daily Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Do­minique Gabriel G. Bañaga

Based on re­cent data re­leased by the Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice (BCPO), crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in the city dropped by 23.32 per­cent.

BCPO di­rec­tor, Po­lice Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Fran­cisco Ebreo, said be­tween Jan­uary and Novem­ber of this year, there were a to­tal of 2,607 recorded in­ci­dents, lower than the 3,400 re­ported dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

Data showed in­dex crime, which in­cludes mur­der, homi­cide, phys­i­cal in­jury and rape, and crimes against prop­erty, dropped by eight per­cent; while non-in­dex crime, which in­cludes child abuse, il­le­gal drugs, il­le­gal firearms, traf­fic of­fenses, among other such cases, saw a

12.57 per­cent de­cline.

Ac­cord­ing to Ebreo, in that same time frame, a to­tal of 615 drug per­son­al­i­ties were ar­rested. The ar­rests re­sulted in 1,040 drug-re­lated cases filed, along with the re­cov­ery of 2,504.089 grams of shabu worth P37,561,335 and 296.4857 grams of mar­i­juana worth P68,191.711.

Mean­while, a to­tal of 1,006 in­di­vid­u­als were ar­rested for il­le­gal gam­bling, with 349 cases filed and P67,509.25 worth of sus­pected bet­ting money con­fis­cated.

In ad­di­tion, 87 in­di­vid­u­als were nabbed for il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms fol­low­ing 85 oper­a­tions con­ducted in the BCPO cam­paign against loose firearms./

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