TAGBILARAN CITY, June 28 (PIA)--Crimes in Tagbilaran City plunged 45% in May 2016 as against the same period last year, and so is its crime solution efficiency (CSE).
In May 2015, crimes recorded in City police logbooks reached 171 compared to May this year which only had 94 cases.
But in 2015, CSE was 59.06% for solving 101 cases over 171 cases logged while with 94 cases in 2016, city police officers only considered 51 charges solved as against the 94 cases filed. This equals to 54.25%, according to city operations chief, SPO1 Celso Orapa.
SPO1 Orapa reported at the City Peace and Order Council in lieu of PCSuperintendent George Vale, who begged off due to sore throat.
City police chief PCSupt. George Vale however introduced before the 33 council members present, the Orapa report, also picking as spoiler, the huge disparity in crime volume between the two compared dates.
While of the city police solved or at least filed appropriate charges to suspects in the 101 cases to tally a better batting average, only 51 charges have been filed pertaining to suspects involved in crimes out of the 94 cases logged in City police blotters in 2016, thus a lower efficiency.
Of the May 2015 crimes which totaled 171, index crimes reached 101 while non index crimes topped 70.
By the same month in 2016, total crime volume reached 94: with 69 index and 25 non index crimes, according to Orapa.
Comparing the crime statistics in the two months of separate years, police noted a 45% decrease in crime volume, 31% dive in index crimes and a huge 64% slide down on non-index crimes.
On both years however, theft still topped among index crimes: 64 in 2015 and 48 in 2016, SPO1 Orapa pointed out.
In both years too, the next top three crimes after theft are physical injuries, robbery and carnapping.
City chief Vale said they are now into eliminating suspects profiles in these theft cases, even as he hinted that boarding houses are most usually victimized.
In the city's index and non index crime distribution, Cogon, Poblacion 2 and Poblacion 3 top districts where crimes usually happen.
At the meeting, Cogon Punong Barangay Nicanor Besas admitted he has identified and warned, rescued and apprehended the thieves, who are mostly minors.
While those who were stirring trouble with the law in 2015 are mostly goners, a new breed of younger siblings are now taking their places.
For this, in July, Tagbilaran City implements curfew to minors who are unaccompanied by adults, chief Vale said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)