Rey Anthony Chiu
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, March 17, 2012, (PIA) – Total crime volume in Central Visayas continues to spiral in 2012 based on a beginning of the year consecutive tally for 2010 to 2012.
And as to crime rate averages on a per month basis, Region 7 also finds a down trend at 4 in 2010, to 30 in 2011 to 26 in 2012, data from the police regional office bared.
But, despite these apparent victories in crime busting, only Bohol finds an increase in monthly crimes rate among all areas in the region. Bohol had 16 monthly crime rate in 2011 which rose to 19 in 2012.
According to data from the Regional Police Office 7 as presented during the Regional peace and Order Council Meeting held in Larena Siquijor Last March 15, all areas in the region except Bohol recorded decreased monthly crime rates.
Biggest winner in the region is Siquijor (23 crimes in 2011 to 9 in 2012), Cebu City (73-58), Negros Oriental (25-17) and similar down trends noted in Cebu province, Lapulapu and Mandaue Cities.
All over the region, crimes in January to February of 2011 decreased significantly by 26.8% compared to its previous year’s record.
On the other hand, regional police statisticians note total crime volumes for the same period in 2012 dip down further at a 13% compared to the crimes recorded in 2011.
Central Visayas tallied a total crime volume of 5825 in 2010, which dropped to 4265 in 2011. Moreover, police authorities noted the same downtrend in the first two months of 2012 with 3704 crimes.
In the region, Cebu City topped crime volume tally for the beginning months in 2012, with 1137, followed by Cebu province with 960.
Bohol ranks third with 518 total crime volume and a close fourth is Negros Oriental with 471 crimes.
Lapulapu City pegged in 310 while Mandaue City had 290 crime volume in the beginning months of 2012
Best performer among provinces is still Siquijor with only 18 total crimes recorded.
Across Visayas, as to types of crimes, theft still ranks on top with 1176 case or 47.57% of the total crime pie on the index crimes watchlist.
Robbery in the region ranked second among index crimes recorded with 608 or 24.08% of the total crimes in a chart also containing physical injuries, murder, car-napping, homicide, rape and cattle rustling as entries.
But even then, PRO-7 said continued intensified implementation of Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS), vigorous intelligence monitoring, deployment of personnel in strategic places at proper time based on crime map, crime clock, and crime days resulted to the arrest of several suspects including those responsible for the drive by shooting incidents, robberies and murder particularly in Cebu City area of responsibility.
It also acknowledged the active partnership and full support from the local government and other stakeholders to the police as crucial in helping maintain the peace and order situation at manageable levels.
Finally, the police authorities here assessed Central Visayas as still one of the most desirable places to live, work, invest and do business in. (30)