AMID stepped-up anti-criminality patrol by the Metro Manila police force ahead of the coming Yuletide Season, National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar has debunked widespread belief that there will always be a high crime rate during the ‘Ber’ months and in fact is saying it is already a ‘myth’ since their records will speak that fewer crimes are being recorded during the period September to December.
Fewer crimes are actually being recorded in the region during the period,” Eleazar said citing NCRPO data from 2016 to 2018.
According to the official, they recorded an average of 1,077 crime incidents from September to December versus an average of 1,149 crimes during non-”Ber” months.
“Partly, this can be attributed to more active police interventions and increased vigilance of our citizens during this period brought about by strong public awareness thru the media,” Eleazar said.
“Moreover, since we have seen continuing and consistent downtrend of crimes in NCR because of our intensified campaign against illegal drugs and other forms of criminality, ‘Ber’ months being in the later part of the year have lower crimes than the preceding non-Ber months,” the official said.
`Eleazar said in 2016, they recorded a total of 1,725 crimes including murder, homicide, physical injuries, rape, robbery, theft, motorcycle and motor vehicle theft during the non-Ber months compared to the 1,535 crimes recorded during the ‘Ber’ months.
`In 2017, there were 1,414 crimes during the non-Ber’ months compared to the 1,339 during the ‘Ber months.’ Last year, the NCRPO recorded 1,149 index crimes during the non-Ber months against 1,077 during the last four months of the year.
Eleazar said that from January to August this year, they have recorded 961 index crimes which is actually a great reduction compared to the 1,149 cases during the same period last year.
`The official said that a major cause of the downtrend of crimes and illegal drugs in the metropolis is their continuing implementation of their own Intensified Cleanliness Policy.
` “I am optimistic that the belief or myth that crime will be on the upswing again now that the ‘Ber’ months are upon us, is absolutely a thing of the past,” he said.
Eleazar said they observed the trend in 2016 when he was still the Quezon City Police District director and Philippine National Police chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde was still the NCRPO chief.
`“Basically ang ber months are September to December, non-ber months naman is January to August. No’ng 2016, bumaba pa nga ng 11 percent, sa ber months compared to non-ber monthsfor 2017, mas mababa ng nine percent, “ Eleazar explained.
For this year, average monthly crime index ratesfor “ber” months — excluding December — compared to non-”ber” months are still lower.
“Sa ngayon hindi pa naman tapos ‘yong December, pero tingnan for the three months ng September, October, November, yung average compared to non-”ber” months, mas mababa ng eight percent,” he added.
However, he still cautioned the public to take extra precautions when traveling for the holidays, especially if they would be away from home for long periods of time.