THE police observed an increase in crime volume in Central Visayas after Project Double Barrel resumed last March.
Non-index crimes such as offenses related to illegal drugs increased by as much as 45 percent, but index crimes like theft, rape and murder also decreased by 27 percent.
From March 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2017, the crime volume rose to 29,816 from last year’s 29,353 or a 1.58 percent increase, according to records of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7.
Chief Supt. Jose Mario Espino, the PRO 7 director, attributed the increase to their tougher drive against illegal drugs, gambling, loose firearms and explosives.
The number of non-index crimes from March 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2017 was 23,744, or a 45.22-percent increase from last year’s 20,998.
Non-index crimes are violations of special laws, such as those against illegal drugs, gambling and loose firearms.
Police have visited 1.1 million houses of suspected drug personalities, while they succeeded in persuading 123,313 pushers and users to surrender.
PRO 7 conducted 8,447 drug operations, resulting in the arrest of 13,175 individuals and the death of 224 individuals.
The Project Double Barrel, which is an anti-illegal drugs program, was suspended last February by Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa after his anti-narcotics officials were accused of killing of a Korean businessman.
The index crimes from March 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2017 fell to 6,072 incidents, a 27.32-percent decrease from last year’s 8,355.
Index crimes are those committed against persons and properties.
The number of theft, robbery, physical injuries, murder, carnapping of motorcycles and motor vehicles, homicide and rape cases from March 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2017 are fewer compared to the number of cases recorded in the same period last year.
Theft cases decreased from 3,882 to 2,554 incidents; robbery, from 1,416 to 1,127; physical injuries, from 1,977 to 1,520; murder, from 373 to 294; motorcycle theft, from 356 to 239; motor vehicle theft from 24 to 13; homicide, from 47 to 46; and rape, from 269 to 268. (KAL)