BAGUIO CITY – The Police Regional Office (PRO) in the Cordillera reported that crime incidents from October to November last year dropped by 8.76 percent compared to the crime incidents that were recorded during the same period the previous year.
Based on the report submitted to the Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) and the Regional peace and Order Council (RPOC-CAR) during its joint meeting last month, there were a total of 1,255 crime incidents that were documented from October to November 2017 compared to the recorded 1,145 crime incidents that were recorded in the different parts of the region during the same period last year that reflected a decrease of 110 crime incidents.
The recorded index crimes last year which was 164 was 26.12 percent lower than the 222 index crimes that were recorded during the similar reckoning period the previous year.
Further, non-index crimes regionwide in October to November last year which was recorded at 981 was 5.03 percent lower compared to the 1,033 non-index crimes that were reported during the similar period the previous year.
Of the recorded index crimes from October to November last year, physical injures accounted for the most number of violations with 60 followed by theft with 38, rape – 20, carnapping – 14, murder – 12, robbery – 11 and homicide – 9.
PRO-COR also recorded an improvement in its crime clearance efficiency after it registered a 81.04 crime clearance efficiency from October to November last year compared to the 80.39 percent crime clearance efficiency for the similar period the previous year while it also slightly improved its crime solution efficiency from the 72.58 percent the previous year compared to the 72.92 percent crime solution efficiency last October to November last year.
On the campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms in the region, PRO-COR reported the conduct of 117 operations that resulted to the arrest of 45 persons, the confiscation of 121 firearms and the filing of 35 cases against those illegal gun holders.
Moreover, police operatives also conducted 12 anti-gambling operations that resulted to the arrest of 45 persons, the confiscation of some P13,732 cash bets and the filing of 12 cases against the arrested individuals involved in various illegal gambling activities in the different parts of the region.
PRO-COR was also able to conduct 27 anti-illegal operations regionwide that resulted to the arrest of 17 persons, the confiscation of some 9,641.2 board feet of illegal sawn lumber and 6 chainsaws, the impoundment of 2 motor vehicles and the filing of 6 cases against those responsible for the cutting and transport of illegal lumber in the region.
Police operatives were also involved in 52 anti-illegal drug operations that resulted to the arrest of 55 persons, the confiscation of 111.01 grams of shabu and the uprooting of 38,450 marijuana plants and 68.74 dried marijuana leaves with a total market value of P12.8 million.
Moreover, police operatives were able to arrest 6 alleged criminal gang members and seized from them 3 firearms and more than P957,000 which were recovered from their possession.
Two fugitives were also neutralized through police response and 6 more felons were also nabbed for carnapping that led to the recovery of 14 carnapped motorcycles from them.
By Dexter A. See