September ranks first in 2013-A A +A
Monday, January 20, 2014
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) crime statistics in Central Visayas showed that September had the highest number of crimes in 2013.
With over 67,234 incidents in the region, the PRO 7 recorded 6,652 in September, followed by October and December with almost 5,000 incidents, respectively.
February had the least number of crimes with 4,729.
Supt. Armando Radoc of the PRO 7 said the high number of crime incidents last year rose in September because it was the start of the ber months.
With the overall crimes in the regions, the Cebu Provincial Police Office had the highest on record, both in the index and non-index crimes, with 12,711 and 11,804, respectively.
The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) ranked second with 9,796 index crimes and 4,015 non-index crimes. It is followed by the Negros Police Office, Bohol Police, Mandaue City Police Office and Lapu-lapu City Police.
The highest crimes committed were physical injuries with 17,425 incidents, followed by theft with 12,665 incidents and robbery with 5,312.
Index crimes are the crimes against persons and properties while the non-index crimes are those special laws and violations.
In 2012, the PRO 7 only recorded 20,472 crimes in the whole year.
Radoc said there was a 228-per cent increase of crimes in 2013 compared to 2012 because of the change of recording procedure as instructed by Camp Crame.
He said that the barangay level incidents were included in their records aside from the PNP blotter.
“Before, we only recorded those from the police, but now even those recorded in barangays are included for a wider scope,” explained Radoc in a media gathering last
He said that for 2014, additional police force will be augmented.
Radoc said more operations will be conducted against criminal elements as this may help lessen possible crime incidents.
Checkpoints and police visibility are among the things that will be intensified this year.
“We cannot control crimes but we can do ways on how to prevent it,” added Radoc.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 21, 2014.