Crime incidents in Negros Occidental dropped by 66 percent in the past eight months, compared to the same period last year, Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director, reported yesterday.
Castil, who briefed members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council yesterday on the current peace and order of the province, said the crime volume went down from 6,058 from January to August last year, to 2,023 this year, registering a reduction of 4,035 incidents, or 66.61 percent.
Except for homicide cases, the seven other focused crimes posted reductions this year, with murder cases at 127 compared to 137 last year, physical injuries 257 from 851, rape 82 from 191, robbery 78 from 368, theft 154 from 932, and motorcycle thefts 19 from 60.
Incidents of reckless imprudence also went down from 1,920 to 858, posting a reduction of 55.31 percent, police records show.
In the same period, however, homicide cases rose slightly from 59 to 61, which Castil blamed on drunkenness. He also noted that such incidents usually took place Fridays and Saturdays.
Castil attributed the marked reduction of crime incidents in Negros Occidental to the cooperation of Negrenses and local officials in their anti-crime campaign, and the increase in the number of arrested persons wanted for the commission of crimes.
In the same period, the police posted a crime solution efficiency of 64.47 percent in Negros Occidental, he added.*GPB
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