Crimes rise in Cebu-A A +A
Monday, October 7, 2013
CEBU CITY -- For the past eight months, the crime incidence in Cebu Province increased with an average of 44 crimes committed per day.
One factor cited for to the increase is the inclusion of crime reports from the barangay level, said Senior Superintendent Noel Gillamac, director of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO).
From January to August this year, there were 10,655 crimes reported compared to last year’s 3,920. This is an increase of 36.79 percent.
Early this year, Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima issued a mandate to include minor cases reported in the barangay level to show the real picture of what’s happening in a community.
The booming economy, particularly in Metro Cebu areas, is also one of the reasons for the increasing criminality, Gillamac said.
Of the total cases, 5,935 are index crimes and 4,730 are non-index crimes. Index crimes are those committed against persons and properties, while non-index crimes are violations of special laws, such as those on illegal drugs, gambling and loose firearms.
Physical injuries topped the list of the most common types of offenses with 2,566 cases, followed by theft with 1,985 and robbery with 957.
Murder came in fourth with 159 cases, followed by carnapping with 107, homicide with 84, and rape with 66.
The average monthly crime rate in Cebu Province is 49 compared to last year’s 18.
Gillamac, however, noticed the crime solution efficiency of the 50 police stations is lower by six percent compared to last year.
Crime solution is the percentage of solved cases out of the total number of crime incidents for a given period of time.
The case is considered solved if the offender has been identified, taken into custody and there is sufficient evidence to charge him/her.
The crime clearance efficiency of the police stations is also lowered to 6 percent this year, according to the crime statistics of CPPO.
A cleared case is considered if the offender has been identified and sufficient evidence is enough to charge him/her.
Gillamac, in an earlier interview, said he was disappointed with the poor performance of the police chiefs as unsolved cases continue to pile up.
He noticed that police stations conduct operations only for compliance.
Some 86 percent of carnapping incidents in Cebu Province remain unresolved, which has alarmed the top brass of CPPO.
Some police stations, Gillamac said, also failed to achieve their quota on arresting personalities involved in illegal drugs and gambling.
Many policemen are also guilty of "tumba-tumba," a practice where they take their rest days for a long time, thus disrupting public service. (Sun.Star Cebu)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 07, 2013.