THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) has recorded a decrease of 3.31 percent in the city’s total crime volume from July 1 to 31, this year.

BCPO records showed that Bacolod City had a total of 117 crime incidents in July 2022 compared to 121 incidents in the same month in 2021.

Lieutenant Colonel Sherlock Gabana, spokesperson of BCPO, in a statement, said of the 117 incidents, 98 are peace and order index while 17 others are public safety index.

Crimes included in the peace and order index are those that reflect the crime situation in a particular community while those under the public safety index cover vehicular incidents such as those resulting in homicide, physical injury, and property damage.

Gabana said the index crimes, or the eight focus crimes, remained at 22 incidents similar to what has been recorded in the same period last year

However, there were slight increases in the cases of robbery, murder and rape cases.

Theft incidents meanwhile significantly dropped to nine incidents in 2022 compared to 16 incidents in 2021, he added.

Gabana noted that the non-index crimes also dropped from 99 to 95 or 4.04 percent equivalent. The over-all Crime Solution Efficiency hardly decreased from 92.56 percent in 2021 to 74.36 percent in comparison to 2022.

However, it surpassed the BCPO target set by the higher office at 66.41percent.

As a result, the Average Monthly Crime Rate (AMCR) decreased by 3.31 percent from 19.77 in July 2021 to 19.12 for the same period of 2022, Gabana said.

He said the decrease in crime incidents and average monthly crime rate may be attributed to the intensified police initiated operations, focused police operations and crime prevention measures conducted by the various police units of BCPO.

“ The regular conduct of Enhanced Managing Police Operations (Empo) also helped discuss, address and apply appropriate and target-specific interventions in the reduction of crime incidents, especially the eight focus crimes in Bacolod City,” he added.

Colonel Thomas Joseph Martir, director of BCPO, also reminded its personnel to continue to step up in the fight against all forms of criminality.

Martir also vowed to put a stop to prevalent crimes and solicits support of the community for cooperation and strong partnership against lawless elements who would disrupt the peace and order of the city.*