Crime incidents in Bacolod City decreased by 13 percent from January to December 2016, compared to the same period in 2015.
In the 12 months of 2016, the Bacolod City Police Office recorded 1,041 crimes, while in 2015, there were 1,197, records show.
Last year, thefts topped the crimes against property, followed by robbery and motor-napping, while physical injury, rape and murder were the top three in crimes against person.
Theft, robbery, motor-napping, homicide, carnapping and rape incidents decreased in 2016 compared to 2015.
Thefts decreased by 20 percent in 2016, with 516 compared to 2015 with 648, records show.
Robbery dropped by six percent with 143 cases in 2016, from 152 the previous year.
Homicide decreased by 25 percent, carnapping by 43 percent, and rape by 14 percent.
Senior Supt. Flynn Dongbo, BCPO city director, attributed the drop in cases to the police visibility and cooperation of the public, especially on giving information that led to the arrest of the suspects.
But physical injury and murder cases increased last year, compared to 2015.
Physical injury in 2016 rose by eight percent with 222 cases, compared to 2015 with 205.
A 50 percent increase was noted in murder cases for 2016 with 30, compared to 20 in 2015.
Dongbo said the rise in cases of physical injuries can be linked to the intensified campaign against illegal drugs, because due to the limited supply of shabu, others opted to drinking alcoholic beverages and later engaged in fights.
The increase in murder cases can be attributed to incidents that are drug-related, Dongbo said.
Meanwhile, the drugs operations of BCPO increased by 26.4 percent in 2016 compared to 2015. There were 263 drug operations in 2016, while there were only 208 the previous year, records show.
The Bacolod police also conducted 47 operations against unlicensed firearms last year, while there were 61 in 2015.*SGG
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