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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, March 15, 2013, (PIA) –Compared to February of 2012, crimes in Bohol dropped to about a hundred, as police efforts to keep the peace in Bohol continue without relent. 

From 272 crimes reported in February of last year, police reported only 177 index and non-index crimes for the same period this year, according to Police Chief Inspector George Caña at the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Meeting held March 13, in Trinidad, Bohol. 

Inspector Caña, Camp Dagohoy Operations Chief delivered the monthly peace and order situation in Bohol in lieu of PSSupt Constantino Barot, who could not make it to the meeting. 

The drop in figures amount to 35% crime reduction rate which police ascribe to the establishment of election control chokepoints and checkpoints, increased police visibility as midterm elections in 2013 pushed law enforcement offices and poll officials into overdrive in the election season. 

The drop is also 1 case higher compared to January this year which recorded 176 index and non index crimes reported in police blotters. 

Police records also show that in the past three months, police have established a consistently rising cases of non-index crimes; as 29, 34 and 50 in December 2012, January and February in 2013. 

Last month, during another PPOC held at the Mansion, provincial director Constantino Barot explained that in a case where there is a climb in non-index crimes, it shows that police have gone their way from their usual attitude of waiting for crimes to happen, to getting out of their desks to pursue criminals and prevent crime commission. 

Also noticeable in the Caña presentation is the rise in theft and robbery in Bohol, a condition observers always ascribe to trending crimes in a pre-election season. 

Topping this month’s crimes is theft, which accounts to some 51.40% followed by robbery which 36.28% of the months case files. 

“We have noticed the trend and would like to ask our people to help us curb this crime by immediately reporting any case, or reporting the presence of suspicious looking persons who may be about to commit crimes,” Barot once said. 

To this, police authorities have said that theft cases can only subsist if people would present the opportunity for the crime to prosper. 

“Always negate the opportunity for crimes to happen,” urged Colonel Barot, who also added that “majority of rob cases involve cellphone carrying people who temptingly used their mobiles on isolated road stretches where it would be easy for motorcycle-riding criminals to swoop on and pick on them.” (30/sjp)

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