Crime rates drop by 17% in first half of 2018

Crime rates drop by 17% in first half of 2018

- in Philippines
PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde speaking to media at a press briefing held Monday at Camp Crame.Photo from PhilStar.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Monday the success of current campaigns against criminality, citing data from the PNP’s Unit Crime Periodic Reports (UCPER) which shows that total crime volume nationwide decreased by 17% during the first six months of 2018.

Director General Oscar Albayalde said that the total number of crime incidents recorded from January to June this year were 227,757, a 17.39-percent decrease from the 275,702 recorded during the same period last year. Albayalde credits the decrease in the volume of index and non-index crimes. These dropped by 33.05 percent and 13.20 percent, respectively.

“Kung ikukumpara natin ito sa mga previous administration talagang record-breaking ito, ‘yung pagbaba, ‘yung continuous down trend ng crime volume natin,” PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said while guesting on a television program.

Index crimes include murder, physical injury, and homicide. Non-index crimes include violation of city ordinances and other less serious offenses.

“Among index crimes, the top three most prevalent crimes are theft, physical injury and robbery. But despite theft and physical injury registering the top two most prevalent crimes nationwide, both crime categories went down by 36.90 percent and 33.80 percent, respectively,” Albayalde told reporters during a press briefing at Camp Crame.

Albayalde also credited the government’s campaign against drugs for leading to the decrease in overall crime.

“Nung tayo’y nag-concentrate on illegal drugs, talagang parang may direct connection yung pagbaba ng all other crimes na nagyayari, lalong lalo na ‘yung mga index crimes,” explained the PNP chief.

“We noted that homicide incidents have been slightly reduced during the first half of 2018 after several months of consistently posting increased incidents among the eight focus crime categories,” Albayalde added.

The eight focus crime categories, and their corresponding decline, are murder (29.54 percent); homicide (9.47 percent); physical injury (33.80 percent); rape (24.82 percent); robbery (34.40 percent); theft (36.90 percent); carnapping of motor vehicles (36.30 percent); and carnapping of motorcycles (26.61 percent).

“The significant 17.39 percent drop in crime incidents during the January-June period, and onwards until the end of September, is expected become the trend for the remaining months of the year when petty crimes are traditionally believed to peak in the holiday season. But contrary to this perception of a spike in crime during the “ber” months, we see a steady decline in all crime categories,” Albayalde stressed.

Albayalde stressed that incidences of violent crimes are likely to spike in the months leading up to the election period, beginning January next year.

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