CRIMINAL incidents in Northern Mindanao have dropped to 6,893 cases in January 1 to June 30 of this year, a 12.09 percent decline compared to the recorded 7,841 crimes of the same period in 2018.
According to Mardy Hortillosa, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Northern Mindanao spokesperson, the decrease in the total crime volume in the region is the result of the massive conduct of various police operations and the implementation of Oplan Galugad throughout Northern Mindanao.
The index crime in the region has decreased from 1,926 cases in the aforementioned period in 2018 to 1,495 of this year.
Hortillosa said the recorded index crime in the region are: physical injury (451 cases), theft (372), robbery (206), murder (169), motornapping (70), homicide (34), and carnapping (8).
Non-index crime also decreased to 5,398 cases, a difference of 517 cases compared to last year’s 5,915 cases.
Despite the drop in the total crime volume in the region, Hortillosa said the police will still continue its operations to further lower the crime incidence in Northern Mindanao.
“Kun moingon mo naa pay 6,000 kapin, kana siya average na siya kay dili man nato mapugnan nga naa gyu’y krimen gakahitabo sa atoang rehiyon,” Hortillosa said.
“Bisag miubos ta karon, maningkamot pa gyud ta nga mapaubos pa nato ang crime rate sa atoang lugar kay ipakita nato nga ang martial law sa Region 10 dili makaapekto sa peace and order, sa pagpanglihok sa atoang mga katawhan,” he added.
Police Brigadier General Rafael Santiago Jr., the regional director of PRO-Northern Mindanao, for his part, said the current data on the total crime volume in the region shows “that our crime prevention programs are effective.”
“I wish to convey my appreciation and gratitude to all units that has led to the reductions in crime volume, average monthly crime rate, index crime volume and average monthly index crime rate in Northern Mindanao for the first semester in 2019 as compared to the same period last year,” Santiago said.
The PRO-Northern Mindanao director also encouraged all Philippine National Police units to continue to work harder to further decrease the crime incidents to “attain a crime and drug-free Northern Mindanao.”