GOVERNOR Edgar Chatto and the Peace and Order Council (PPOC) commend anti-crime and security officers here as the council note reports of significant decrease in crime volume here in the past months.
At the regular PPOC meeting at the People’s Mansion Tuesday, the governor who also heads the Peace Council hailed the efforts of the law enforcers and internal security operators for significantly bringing down crime volume in Bohol.
Both the police and the internal security forces in Bohol established a Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center and agreed to complement each other in crime fighting and deterrence.
PSSupt. Constantino Barot reported that Camp Dagohoy, which collates province-wide criminal records, noted 6 percent crime volume decrease this month, a figure taken from averaging all crimes recorded in police blotters.
The six percent decrease in comparative crime volume was for the period of April compared to the previous month of March this year.
Crimes in Bohol decreased from 193 in March to 181 in April, as compared to a seven percent increase in the March from 180 crimes in February of the same year.
The crime statistics is gathered for the periods between March 11 to April 11.
“All the figures in the first quarter of 2011 are significantly lower as compared to the crimes committed the previous year,” comments the police provincial director who also showed a line graph showing total crimes reported as 236, 302, 366 and 320 from January to April in 2010.
Of all crimes for the month, theft still tops at 225 followed by robbery at 177, his presentation showed.
Carnapping, a relatively newer offense alarmed PPOC members as it pegs itself, third at 145 cases.
Meanwhile, provincial director Barot ascribes the successful curbing of crimes in Bohol to the implementation of the Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS).
To prove his point, Barot presented a graph with PIPS focused areas detailing almost similar crime trends gravitating at zero to three crimes per week since the program ran.
PIPS focused areas include street crimes, crimes using fire-arms and crimes perpetuated by motorcycle riding criminal elements.
Only crimes committed with the use of fire-arms registered a seven between April 28-May 4, an aberration in the graph that showed an average of three crimes per week all over Bohol since late January. (Rey Anthony Chiu)