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PH’s Jan-June crimes down by 10.15%

July 27, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 193 views

CrimesMAJOR crimes in the Philippines went down by 10.15 percent from January to June this year, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Benjamin Acorda Jr. said.

The PNP chief attributed the substantial decline to much closer police-community relationship to fight criminality.

Citing the latest data provided by the PNP’s Crime Information Reporting and Analysis System (CIRAS), the top cop said that the total number of focus crimes from January to June dropped significantly from 20,657 cases in 2022 to only 18,560 during the same period this year, which is 10.15 percent lower.

Additionally, the average Focus Crimes Monthly Crime Rate has declined by 10.13 percent, from 3.06 percent in 2022 to 2.75 percent during the first six months of 2023.

The Eight Focus Crimes in the country, according to the PNP, are murder, homicide, physical injury, robbery, theft, rape and motor vehicle and motorcycle theft.

Acorda said that during the period, index crimes plummeted by 10.59 percent —or from 15,064 cases in January to May 13, 2022, to 13,469 cases during the same period this year.

“This continuing decrease of incidents is attributed to the consistent implementation of numerous policies, such as intensified police visibility, intelligence-driven operations, community-based programs, strengthened partnerships with other agencies and improved crime reporting and monitoring systems,” Gen. Acorda said.

Notably, the PNP said that murder cases went down by 1.89 percent, physical injury by 20.01 percent, theft by 9.33 percent and rape by 18.19 percent.

However, the PNP noted a slight increase in homicide and robbery cases while significant deductions were observed in car theft and motorcycle theft.

Acorda expressed his appreciation for the remarkable efforts of the PNP personnel in achieving this substantial reduction in focus crimes and commended his men’s dedication, professionalism and commitment to ensuring the safety and security of the public.

Acorda also expressed his gratitude for the support and cooperation of the Filipino people, who have actively participated in reporting suspicious activities and providing vital information to aid PNP’s law enforcement operations.

“The PNP will relentlessly pursue criminals in close collaboration with other government agencies, private sectors and the community, fostering a collective effort to combat crimes effectively,” he added.

PNP spokesperson Colonel Jean Fajardo said that the PNP chief also ordered the creation of a technical working group to study the possibility of including cybercrimes as an index crime.

Cyber crimes have increased 152 percent in the country this year although PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group director Brigadier Gen. Sydney S. Hernia said such a rise is a global phenomenon due to digital advancement.

The top cop said that during the period, index crimes plummeted by 10.59 percent —or from 15,064 cases in January to May 13, 2022, to 13,469 cases during the same period this year.

“This continuing decrease of incidents is attributed to the consistent implementation of numerous policies, such as intensified police visibility, intelligence-driven operations, community-based programs, strengthened partnerships with other agencies, and improved crime reporting and monitoring systems,” Gen. Acorda said.

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