by Jennifer Catan-Tilos
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) — The Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NORPPO) here has reported a total crime volume of 9,803 for January to December 2016, or 18 percent lower compared in 2015.
In a Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting yesterday, PSupt. Carlos Lacuesta of NORPPO reported that the crime volume in the province last year is composed of 2,660 index crimes and 1,200 non-index crimes including 2,232 crimes under special laws and 3,711 traffic related incidents.
Index crimes decreased by 519 incidents or 16.32 percent while non-index crimes reduced by 3,368 incidents or 49 percent.
The most prevalent index crime is theft with 1,118 incidents or a reduction of 22 percent, followed by physical injury with 694 incidents or 6.34 percent, robbery with 380, murder with 143, carnapping with 122, homicide with 61 (which is a bit higher of 30 percent) and cattle rustling with 22 incidents.
Col. Lacuesta also noted that the number of traffic-related incidents and damage of property with 3,711 or 26 percent contributed much to the crime statistics, while the prevalent non-index crimes or the violation of special laws recorded 3,432 incidents or contributed 64 percent of the total crime volume.
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, 562 drug personalities were arrested and 1,396.13 grams of shabu and 112.21 grams of marijuana confiscated with a total value of more than P14 million.
Under Republic Act (RA) 9287, or campaign against illegal gambling, the police force arrested 120 persons with total bet money confiscated at P48,130.
For the campaign against loose firearms or RA 8294, PNP arrested 143 persons and recovered and confiscated 254 firearms and seven explosives.
Col. Lacuesta cited that Negros Oriental remains to be one of the most peaceful places in the region. “Generally, the police in the province may have reduced the crime volume but the occurrence of major incidents, though these were just isolated cases will surely and greatly affect the perception and actual atmosphere of security and safety of the community and shall continue to pose as a challenge to the capability of the police in the province.,” the police officer explained.
However, Lacuesta said more aggressive police actions shall be undertaken focusing those crimes perpetrated by criminal groups.
He added that an enhanced monitoring, gathering of information and intelligence build–up of cases against criminals must be given priority. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on Jan. 12, 2017)