Crime up in first 3 months of 2014

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Friday, May 2, 2014


STREET crimes contributed to the rise in the crime volume in Cebu City in the first three months of the year compared to the last three months of 2013.

Pickpocketing was the most popular with over 261 cases between January and March, while the Police Station 2 recorded the highest number of crimes, according to the
recent crime statistics released by the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO).

Investigation and Detection Management Branch (IDMB) Chief Insp. Aileen Recla admitted that Mayor Michael Rama was dismayed by the report during their meeting last Thursday.

As a result, she said, all police units and stations have been instructed to conduct frequent checkpoints and to meet with barangay officials so the latter can cooperate with authorities.

Comparison period

One factor that contributed to the increase is the lack of supervision of station chiefs, she said.

Recla said they chose to compare the crime volume from last October to last March because they only started listing all crimes, including those in the barangay level, in October.

For the first quarter of this year, the CCPO recorded a total of 3,232 crimes: 2,089 index crimes, or crimes against properties and persons, and 1,143 non-index crimes, or violation of special laws and city ordinances.

A total of 2,605 crimes were recorded in the last quarter of last year.

The Police Station 2 recorded 407 index crimes and 37 non-index crimes; while the Mabolo Police Station had 220 index and 80 non-index crimes; the Waterfront Police Station, 220 index and 63 non-index crimes; and the Parian Police Station, 206 index crimes and 51 non-index crimes.

The San Nicolas Police Station had the least number of crimes, with 32 index crimes and 66 non-index crimes.

Location

Recla said one possible reason Police Station 2 recorded the highest number of crimes is because it is located near Gen. Maxilom Ave., which is home to many bars and restaurants.

“Mostly man gud daghang hubog diha dapita, halos kada gabii (There are a lot of drunkards in the area, especially at night),” she said.

In a text message sent by CCPO Director Noli Romana, he said they’ve already addressed the increase in crime volume.

He said based on initial records for last month, crimes recorded dropped 20 percent, although he did not give exact numbers since these are still being consolidated by the CCPO.

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