‘Crimes drop; Bacolod still peaceful’

BY MAE SINGUAY

Thursday, January 12, 2017

BACOLOD City – Despite recent crimes, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran insisted the city remains peaceful.

Familiaran cited the decrease in crime rate in 2016 as recorded by the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO).

The BCPO submits a monthly report on crime incidence to the City Peace and Order Council, the vice mayor said.

Crime volume in Bacolod dropped to 4,621 in 2016 from 5,225 in 2015, records from the BCPO’s Investigation and Detective Management Unit (IDMU) showed.

Senior Inspector Armilyn Vargas, public information officer for the BCPO, credited the “extensive implementation” of Oplan Double Barrel — the intensified antidrug campaign — for the crime reduction.

Index crimes lowered to 1,041 in 2016 from 1,197 in 2015, while non-index crimes dropped to 3,580 from 4,028, BCPO data showed.

Index crimes are those committed against persons or properties. They include murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, carnapping, and cattle-rustling, explained Carlo Bedoa, crime registrar at the IDMU.

Non-index crimes, on the other hand, include traffic incidents resulting to homicide or physical injury and violation of special laws, like Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, said Bedoa.

Earlier Familiaran disclosed the city government plans to install 32 additional security cameras on major streets.

Right now Bacolod has 15 security cameras, but only eight — installed on some intersections — are functioning.

Familiaran believes these will deter crimes, especially in the barangays.

He also insisted that the recent big crimes here were “isolated cases.”

Until now the police have yet to identify and catch the culprits in at least three recent crimes:

* the shooting in Barangay 28 on Dec. 20, 2016 that killed two men
* the robbery of the JDS Mindoro Enterprises Corp. in Barangay 13 on Dec. 25, 2016 that killed the son of the department store owner and a security guard
* the shooting of Northern Negros Electric Cooperative area manager Engr. Simon Peter Abalayan in Barangay Bata on Jan. 3./PN