Crime rate drops in January

February 10, 2012 11:00 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 10 – Police authorities remain optimistic of sustaining a better peace and order environment in 2012 as the Philippine National Police (PNP) continues to post improved crime trends in the opening month of the year.

Crime records culled by the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) showed a sharp decline in index crime cases recorded in January 2012.

Index crime incidents dipped 20.01 percent from the 14,227 cases in January 2011 to 11,379 cases in January 2012, according to PNP Spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero A. Cruz Jr.

Cruz said that index crime cases were the valid indicators of the prevailing crime situation.

Index crimes include crime against persons such as murder, homicide, physical injuries and rape; and crime against property such as robbery, theft, carnapping and cattle-rustling.

The crime trend in January 2012 showed similar double-digit decline in crime against persons and crime against property compared with the previous year’s record for the same month.

Cruz said if the January crime trend was an indication of things to come in the months ahead, then we can certainly look forward to an improved peace and order situation towards the rest of the year.

Meanwhile, the PNP’s Crime Solution Efficiency in January 2012 rose 28.02 percent, indicating better police performance in solving crime cases.

Even with this noteworthy crime solution record, the PNP leadership believes that police operations must focus more on crime prevention mainly, thru increased police visibility and patrol operations, Cruz said.

Contrary to opinionated perceptions of a crime wave sweeping the country as highlighted by some sensationalized reports of some isolated incidents of heinous crime–factual and verifiable records in the form of crime statistics say otherwise, Cruz said.

“Crime is not a runaway problem because the criminal justice system is fully functional and certainty of punishment has been fully established as an effective deterrent to crime,” the PNP Spokesman added. (PNA) RMA/JCA


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