Rising crime rate-A A +A
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
WORRISOME was the report over the weekend regarding the rise in the number of crimes committed in the province during the past eight months. This means that from January to August this year, there has been a marked increase in number of crimes committed in Cebu, both in the so-called index and non-index crimes.
The reason for this might be the fact that the crime reports have been “mandated” to include those that were committed at the barangay level. This is said to be purposely done to have a better picture of our communities in the whole island.
Index crimes are legal infractions committed against persons and properties while non-index crimes are violations of special laws, such as those on illegal drugs, gambling and loose firearms.
The report said that infliction of physical injuries on other persons topped the list of the most common types of offenses with 2,566, followed by theft, 1985, and robbery.
My question is, how do you consider a crime as already solved? What if it is an offense that is a cross between theft or estafa and swindling?
This is a question sparked by a visit by my childhood friend last Saturday. Although I have not seen him for some time, he dropped by on his way to attend the burial of his relative and my close friend, former vice mayor Pito Narvios.
Former congressman Dodong Sybico hurriedly confessed that he might be one of the victims of the said crimes in recent months in Cebu. He was victimized by someone whom he trusted but who secretly turned against him and bilked him to the tune of about half-a-million pesos, the value of a subdivision lot that was sold but which proceeds was never turned over to him.
He trusted her as his secretary/business assistant. She left with a promise to pay the amount, but never did.
And so, I think he has to be considered as one of the unfortunate victims of the index
crimes committed in our province from January to August 2013. Or perhaps, we should mark it as part of 2012 to make this year’s statistics a little less aggravating.
But since it is said that the monthly crime rate now is 49 as compared to last years’ 18, one less in the list would not be any less sad, with murder being 4th with 159 cases, carnapping 107, homicide 84, and rape, 66.
According to the head of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) however, the crime solution efficiency of the 50 police stations all throughout the island is lower by six percent compared to the previous year. Crime solution is the percentage of solved cases out of the total number of crime incidents for a given period of time.
Cases are taken as solved if the offenders have been identified, taken into custody, and there is sufficient evidence to charge him or her.
But really, how do you solve a crime, like the one committed against a former congressman by a trusted business assistant or secretary? I think, a good answer is t pray to the Lord our God.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 09, 2013.