BACOLOD City has lower crime volume in the first half of 2017 with a decrease of 30.55 percent compared to the incidents recorded during the same period last year, police records showed.
Superintendent Noel Polines, spokesperson of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), told SunStar Bacolod on Monday, July 3, that 2,257 crime incidents were reported from January to June this year while 3,250 were listed in 2016.
Polines said that index crimes in the first half this year reached 481, lower compared to 508 cases last year.
Records of the BCPO showed that index crimes with highest incidents this year include theft with 228 incidents; physical injury, 101; robbery, 101; murder, 19; motornapping, 16; homicide, 11; and carnapping, five.
Polines said robbery cases this year increased by 25 incidents compared to last year’s record of 76 cases.
For non-index crimes or violations of special laws, 786 incidents were recorded in the first six months of 2017 compared to 1,139 incidents last year.
In terms of crime clearance efficiency, there is a decrease of 3.89 percent this year.
For the average monthly crime rate, 36 incidents were recorded this year as against the 46 incidents in 2016.
Polines said the decrease in crime rate can be attributed to the intensified visibility patrol and checkpoint operations, and the deployment of policemen in streets through the implementation of Oplan Bakbak (Bacolod Kontra Krimen).
On the campaign against illegal drugs, 160 operations were conducted this year that resulted to the apprehension of 355 persons.
Police also seized 1,994.420 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or "shabu" from January to June this year.
For illegal gambling, the BCPO conducted 91 operations with 260 persons arrested while 109 persons were collared through arrest warrants.
The BCPO has arrested 37 persons for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition from 36 operations with a confiscation of 44 firearms composed of long, short and improvised guns, an explosive, and a gun replica.