BACOLOD City – The number of eight focus crimes in the first six months of 2018 dropped 39.9 percent in this capital city, the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) reported.
The BCPO recorded 363 index crimes from January to June this year, lower compared to 604 cases in the same period in 2017, data released on Thursday showed.
Index crimes include murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, carnapping, and motornapping.
The number of murder cases decreased 58.3 percent (from 24 to 10 cases) while homicide, 46.1 percent (13 to 7); physical injury, 44.5 percent (128 to 71); rape, 44 percent (59 to 33); robbery, 23.3 percent (107 to 82); theft, 41.2 percent (252 to 148); carnapping, 75 percent (4 to 1); and motornapping, 35.3 percent (17 to 11).
The 363 cases of index crimes are among the 1,486 total crimes in Bacolod in the first half of the year.
The remaining 1,123 cases are non-index crimes, which are violations of special laws.
Crime volume in the city is lower 20.83 percent from January to June this year than last year’s 1,877.
BCPO public information officer Chief Inspector Sherlock Gabana attributed the decrease to their intensified police visibility and patrol operations and assistance from force multipliers.
Gabana added that the support from the community also helped in their crime prevention efforts. (With a report from PNA/PN)