Camp Delgado plays down high crime stats

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ILOILO City – The high crime statistics recently released by the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) should not worry Western Visayans, said Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., regional police director.

The high statistics was expected because Gen. Alan Purisima, Philippine National Police (PNP) director, ordered the inclusion even of crimes and offenses referred to the Barangay Lupon, Cruz explained.

The PRO-6’s Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division said the first half of 2013 saw the region having 4,631 crimes – or an average monthly crime rate of 10.27 percent.

Iloilo City recorded the most number of crimes – 1,049. Last year for the same period, it only recorded 534 crimes.

Cruz assured the public that the PRO-6 is taking measures to ensure peace and order, such as the Police Integrated Patrol System that maximizes police visibility.

Purisima has ordered police units across the country to be honest with the crime statistics in their respective areas.

“Do not hide the real crime statistics just to impress your superiors, the media and the public. Let us always work under the principle of serbisyong makatotohanan by showing to the people the real picture of what is happening in our communities,” he said.

According to Purisima, through transparency, the police “can devise strategies fitting and effective in the implementation of our programs in crime prevention and crime solution.”

Cruz said the PRO-6’s crime clearance efficiency (CCE) and crime solution efficiency (CSE) actually increased.

From January to June this year, 1,698 cases were “cleared” while 1,441 cases were solved, bringing the region’s CCE to 36.67 percent and CSE to 31.12 percent, he revealed.

Last year, the total crime volume in the region reached 3,975, of which 1,385 were “cleared” and 1,158 were solved.

The CCE and the CSE in the region last year were at 34.84 percent and 29.13 percent, respectively./PN

The January to June 2013 crime volume of 4,631 cases was 656 cases higher compared to the 3,975 cases for the same period last year.

Of the 4,631 cases, 3,408 were index crimes (crimes against persons such as murder, homicide, physical injuries and rape, and crimes against property such as robbery, theft, carnapping and cattle rustling).

There were 1,223 non-index crimes (crimes that violate special laws and other crimes or offenses referrable to the barangay lupon).

There was an increase of 379 cases in the index crimes from 3,029 last year to 3,408 this year.

Non-index crimes recorded an increase of 277 cases from 946 last year to 1,223 this year./PN