BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Crime incidents in Bacolod City dropped by 34 percent last month, as the three-week 43rd MassKara Festival was marked, according to city police spokesman Lt. Col. Sherlock Gabana.
In a statement, Gabana said that the Bacolod City Police Office recorded 76 incidents in October this year, a reduction of 34.48 percent compared to 116 incidents during the same period in the previous year.
The 8 Focus Crimes, including murder, homicide, physical injuries, rape, robbery, theft and carnapping, went down from 23 in 2021, to 12 this year, a reduction of 47.82 percent, BCPO records show.
This also resulted to the reduction of Average Monthly Crime Rate (AMCR) by 34.48 percent.
Gabana also noted a slight reduction of the over-all Crime Solution Efficiency, from 89.66 percent in October last year, to 78.95 percent this year, although it still surpasses the BCPO target set by the higher office at 66.41 percent, Gabana said.
He attributed the decrease in crime incidents and AMCR to the intensified police initiated operations, focused police operations and crime prevention measures conducted by the various police units of BCPO.
Gabana added that the regular conduct of Enhanced Managing Police Operations (EMPO) also helped discuss, address and apply appropriate and target-specific interventions in the reduction of crime incidents especially the eight focus crimes in Bacolod City, despite the celebration of the MassKara Festival last month.
PCol. Thomas Joseph Martir, BCPO director, reiterated his reminders for the Bacolod City police force to continue to step up in the crime-prevention measures to stop all forms of criminality, as he also encouraged the public to keep supporting the programs of the PNP to enhance the peace and order of their respective localities.*