Cordillera crime rates down in 2nd Quarter of 2013-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
CRIME incidence in the Cordillera Administrative Region dipped by six percent compared to last quarter, reports from the Police Regional Office showed in a recent posting by the National Statistical Coordination Board.
From 4,125 crimes reported last quarter, crime incidence dropped to 3,878 crimes in the second quarter of the year mainly due to a 14.7 percent drop in index crimes which include crimes against persons and properties.
NSCB regional coordinator Benjie Navarro said the crime incidence drop may be attributable to the decrease of crime rates in Baguio city where 68 percent of crime incidents happen in the region.
The first quarter covers major events such as the Panagbenga Festival and the Holy Week where a spike in tourism arrivals also results to the increase of crimes while the second quarter of the year covers the opening of classes.
Navarro said Baguio City remains as a driving force in affecting crime incidence rates in the Cordillera region as the city covers more than half of crime incidents reported in the region for the last quarter.
In terms of crime solution efficiency, Abra was the sole province within CAR which had solved more than half of its recorded crimes with a crime solution efficiency rate (CSER) of 54.5 percent reported in the second quarter of the year while all provinces including Baguio City had solved crimes below than what they have recorded.
The NSCB report also showed less crime were reported in the region during the second quarter of 2013 with crimes against persons decreasing by 17.3 percent due to less incidents of physical injury and crimes against property decreased by 12.6 percent due to fewer incidents of robbery and theft.
Police Regional Office-Cordillera regional director Benjamin Magalong during last month’s National Crime Prevention Week activities said the region’s police have been implementing crime validation in their precincts to ensure the quality of data presented through its Geographic Information System-based crime analysis.
Through the Geographic Information System-Based crime analysis, Magalong said the region’s police will be able to identify crime hotspots and provide additional police personnel in these areas to protect the safety of residents and their properties among many other benefits of the technology-driven improvement in crime prevention.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 17, 2013.