THE Dumaguete City Police Office has reported that total crime volume from January to September this year dropped to 465 incidents from 777 crimes recorded in the same period in 2016.
Dumaguete City Chief of Police Jovito Atanacio said that part of their strategies to reduce crime involved the deployment of personnel to crime-prone areas, conduct of checkpoints and barangay visitations, mobilization of intelligence volunteers, case build-up and monitoring, strong coordination with prosecutors, and involvement of the community in the anti-crime drive.
Of the 465 crime incidents (for the period January to September 2017), 209 cases were solved by the police, registering 44.9 percent crime solution efficiency, an improvement compared to 40.5 percent for the same period (January to September 2016) in which 315 of the 777 crime incidents were solved.
In the same period this year, 145 persons with warrants of arrest were taken into custody.
The comparative index crime volume distribution are as follows: theft, 425 cases in 2016 down to 242 in 2017; physical injuries, 154 in 2016 down to 105 in 2017; robbery, 119 in 2016 to 66 in 2017; motornapping, 47 cases in 2016 down to 25 in 2017; rape, 18 cases in 2016 to 10 in 2017; murder, 12 incidents in 2016 up to 16 in 2017; carnapping, 1 incident each in 2016 and 2017; and homicide, 1 in 2016, none in 2017.
Atanacio recommended that in order to sustain the campaign against crime, both the PNP and the city leadership must lobby for additional personnel, create a Swat team, build more substations, implement the ordinance for the installation of high definition CCTVs in private establishments and public areas, logistical support for capability enhancement of personnel, and increased allowance for policemen. (PIA)