PNP director: Index crime volume for Davao Region drops 42%

THE POLICE Regional Office XI yesterday said that the index crime in Southern Mindanao dropped 42% lst year against the 2015 figures.

Chief Supt. Manuel Gaerlan, director of PRO XI, said the decline is “unprecedented” in the history of the Philippine National Police.

Index crimes are those crimes against person and properties.

For non-index crimes, meanwhile, police also noted a reduction of 17%.

“Around 25% also is the reduction on the total crime volume and this is where we see the efforts of our President and chief PNP (Ronald dela Rosa),” Gaerlan said.

Based on their records, 11.72% of the total crime volume are murder, 8.27 percent represented rape, 6.8 percent were carnapping incidents.

“The most number of incidents was still physical injury which comprise more or less 23%,” he said.

The average monthly crime rate also declined from 19 in 2015 to just 11 incidents last year.

 Gaerlan attributed the decline on their intensified campaign against illegal drugs.

“It has a very significant effects in all other crimes so it only shows that  many  perpetrators of crime are involved in illegal drugs ,” he said.

Last week, the Davao City Police Office reported a 42% decline in index crime volume from January to December 2016 against the same period the previous year.

City police spokesperson Catherine Dela Rey told reporters that from 4,032 last 2015, the figures dropped to 2,340 on 2016.

Index crimes are considered by the PNP as serious in nature. Murder, robbery, rape, homicide, physical injury, carnapping and theft are counted in the data for index crimes.

As to crimes against person, the number decreased to 162 from 219 in 2015 or equivalent to a 26% drop. Robbery cases declined 40.35% from the 565 in 2015 to 337 to 2016, while theft slowed down by 54% from 2,036 in 2015 to 937 last year.

Murder cases, meanwhile, declined 26% from the 219 in 2015 to 162 last year.

“Our average monthly crime rate also decreased by 19.06% so that’s significant,” she said. “On total  crime volume, we also noted a decrease by 25.15%  from 13,720 (in 2015) to 10, 269 in 2016.”

In December last year, the Presidential Communications Office issued a press release touting about the decline in index crime volume. From July to November this year, the number of incidents was down to 55,391, which is a 31.67% drop from the 81,064 incidents for the same period of 2015.

Secretary Martin Andanar said in the statement that the figures prove that the country has become a “safer place.”

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