THE Police Regional Office (PRO)-Western Visayas noted a decrease in crimes from Christmas eve until following morning, with only 130 incidents recorded this year compare to last year’s 147.
The figures were based on the monitoring from 5 p.m. of December 24 to 5 a.m. of December 25.
Superintendent Gilbert Gorero, spokesperson of PRO-Western Visayas, said crime volume significantly dropped by 17 incidents this year during the 12-hour period.
Gorero, in a text message, said some incidents during the 24-hour period were caused by drunkenness and grudge, but no significant incidents occurred.
“We have zero incidents on indiscriminate firing and stray bullets compared to last year’s celebration which had two cases,” he added.
In Negros Occidental, the celebration of Christmas Day was generally peaceful with no cases of indiscriminate firing.
Inspector Charmae de Paz, public information officer of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo), said the implementation of the “Ligtas Kapaskuhan 2017” campaign was successful.
She thanked the various sectors for their cooperation and support in the campaign.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Castil Jr., provincial director of Nocppo, appealed anew for public cooperation and support for a safe New Year’s celebration.
In Bacolod, Senior Inspector Armilyn Vargas, public information of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said there was a 41 percent decrease in crime incidents in the city this year during the said 12-hour period.
Records showed that 39 incidents were recorded in 2016 while only 23 cases, this year.
All of the eight focus crimes have reduced, with theft as the most significant with 73 percent decrease from 22 to six incidents in the current year.
Physical injury is the most prevalent crime with nine incidents followed by theft and robbery with six and five incidents respectively.
During the said period, there was zero incident of homicide, rape and carnapping, but two murder cases were committed in the area of Police Station 8.
Incidents in all 10 police stations decreased significantly, with Police Station 1 having the most decreased number of incidents from 14 to three incidents.
“With six incidents as the highest and one incident as the lowest, we can assess that crime prevention and intervention is an effective means in combating crimes especially in special holidays like Christmas,” Vargas said.
Vargas said the Police Station 8 needs to double its efforts to reduce crime volume especially cases of murder, physical injury and theft.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on December 28, 2017.
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