THE Talisay City Police Station reported a decrease in theft and robbery cases from January to September this year compared to last year.

Supt. Jason Villamater, Talisay police chief, made the statement following reports that his personnel may be subjected to retraining if they can’t reduce criminal incidence in the city within two weeks.

Villamater told reporters yesterday that as of September this year, they recorded 110 theft cases and 70 robbery cases.

These are lesser compared to the 213 theft cases and 108 robbery cases recorded in the same period last year.

Villamater, however, said that the 36 murder cases recorded from January to September this year almost surpassed the number of cases reported in 2016.

There were 37 murder incidents reported from January to December last year.

As for homicide incidents, the station recorded seven cases from January to September this year, which is higher compared to the one case reported last year.

Overall, Villamater said that the index crimes reported this year reached 328, which is lesser compared to last year’s 589.

Despite this, he said they will not be complacent.

Villamater said he plans to implement policies to improve the city’s peace and order situation.

With the dissolution of their Drug Enforcement Unit, Villamater said he has reassigned six officers to the newly-created Motorcycle Anti-Street Crime Operatives (MASCO).

The team, who will also do regular beat patrol, will augment police visibility in the city, Villamater said. (JKV)