By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) — The Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) here reported a lower crime rate in 2015 compared to that in 2014.
In a Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting yesterday, PSSupt Dionardo Carlos of NOPPO reported a total crime volume of 9,979 for January to December 2015 with 3,179 index crimes and 6,800 non-index crimes.
Carlos said, Index crimes decreased by 559 incidents or 15.86 percent while non-index crimes reduced by 592 incidents or 9.54 percent.
The most prevalent index crime is theft with 1,441 incidents or a reduction of 14 percent, followed by physical injury with 693 incidents or seven percent, robbery with 447, murder-182 incidents, carnapping-170, homicide-54, and cattle rustling 44 incidents.
Col. Carlos also noted that the number of traffic-related incidents and damaged of property with 3,813 or 38 percent contributed much to the crime statistics, while the prevalent non-index crimes or the violation of special laws recorded 1,632 incidents or contributed 16 percent of the total crime volume.
Carlos also disclosed that the crime solution efficiency (CSE) in the province had increased to 4.25 percent and the crime clearance efficiency (CCE) to 4.13 percent.
CSE refers to the crimes solved with the suspects arrested while CCE means the suspects have been identified but not arrested.
In a checkpoint operation, for violating Comelec gun ban, Col Carlos said two persons have been arrested in Guihulngan City and Basay town.
For non-index crimes or offenses punishable under the Revised Penal Code and Special Laws such as enforcement on Republic Act 9165 or Anti-Illegal Drugs campaign, 304 drug personalities were arrested and 1,424.03 grams of shabu and 1,640.18 grams of marijuana confiscated with a total value of more than P16 million.
Under Republic Act (RA) 9287, or campaign against illegal gambling, the police force arrested 176 persons with total bet money confiscated at P112, 574.85.
For the campaign against loose firearms or RA 8294, PNP arrested 100 persons and recovered and confiscated 247 firearms.
Col. Carlos cited that Negros Oriental remains to be one of the most peaceful places in the region.
Meantime, 79th Infantry Battalion commander Col Harold Pascua of the Philippine Army will be replaced by Lt. Col. Roderick Garcia in a formal turn-over ceremony on Friday, Jan. 15 at Camp Leon Kilat,Tanjay City.
Col. Dionard Carlos, provincial director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will also be transferred to Bacolod City effective Jan. 13.
Provincial administrator Atty. Richard Enojo extends his thanks in behalf of the province of Negros Oriental for both officers for their job well done in maintaining peace in the province. (mbcn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on January 13, 2016)