Boracay crimes down

The half-year closure of Boracay has given the police ample time to plan their improved island security measures, says Malay, Aklan police chief Captain Jose Mark Gesulga. AKLAN FORUM JOURNAL

BORACAY – The crime volume in this famed beach destination has gone down since October last year, or since the island resort has been reopened to tourists after its half-year closure and rehabilitation.

Malay police chief Captain Jose Mark Gesulga said the crime volume decreased “dramatically.”

This means their efforts to make Boracay a “disciplined zone” are paying off, he added.

Records from the Malay police station showed that 37 crimes were recorded in the island in November 2018.

It went down to 30 in December, 23 in January, 29 in February, 26 in March, and only six in April.

This year’s Holy Week observance (from April 15 to 21) only yielded one crime, lower compared to six last year (from March 26 to April 1).

The most common crimes in Boracay were physical injury and theft, according to Gesulga.

Four cases of physical injury were recorded in November 2018 and one in April 2019.

Theft cases were at their highest at 16 in November 2018 and lowest at four in April 2019.

Gesulga said the closure of the island has given them ample time to plan for improved security measures in Boracay.

Among these measures are the additional three police substations in the island. Before there were only two. (With a report from PNA/PN)


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