PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday reported a significant 17.39 percent reduction in crime incidents from January to last September and expressed optimism the trend will be the same at the onset of the holidays.
“The significant 17.39% drop in crime incidents during the January-June period, and onwards until the end of September, is expected become the trend for the remaining months of the year when petty crimes are traditionally believed to peak in the holiday season,” the PNP chief said as he reported the national peace and order outlook based on the PNP’s Unit Crime Periodic Reports vis-à-vis with the PNP’s ongoing campaign against criminality specifically drug trafficking and abuse.
The PNP chief said they also see a steady decline in all crime categories during the rest of the year. “Contrary to this perception of a spike in crime during the “ber” months, we see a steady decline in all crime categories, but we do not discount the possibility of violent crimes leading to the election period in January,” he said.
“Notwithstanding this possibility, we noted that homicide incidents have been slightly reduced during the 1st half of 2018 after several months of consistently posting increased incidents among the eight focus crime categories,” Gen. Albayade explained.
According to the PNP chief, compared with the homicide data during the 1st half of 2017, homicide incidents in January to June of 2018 were fewer by 108 cases or 9.47 percent lower.
Comparative homicide data showed increasing trend since last year until it began to taper off in April to June of 2018, he added.
As of midyear 2018, Albayalde said all eight focus crime categories have posted marked decline in the number of incidents from the same period in 2017 -- murder decreased by 29.54 percent; homicide went down by 9.47 percent; physical injury decreased by 33.80 percent; rape went down by 24.82 percent; robbery decreased by 34.40 percent; theft went down by 36.90 percent; carnapping of motor vehicles decreased by 36.30 percent; and carnapping of motorcycles went down by 26.61 percent.
Overall, the country’s Total Crime Volume decreased by 47,945 incidents or 17.39 percent from 275,702 in January to June 2017 to only 227,757 incidents during the same 6-month period of the current year.
Albayalde stressed that the decrease in crime volume can be attributed to the 19,242 or 33.05 percent reduction in index crimes and 28,703 or 13.20 percent decrease among reported Non-Index Crimes.
Among the index crimes, the top three most prevalent are theft, physical injury and robbery. But despite theft and physical injury registering the top two most prevalent crimes, both crimes went down by 36.90 percent and 33.80 percents respectively.