THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) reported a four percent increase in the city's crime volume in the second quarter of 2014.

DCPO Director Vicente D. Danao Jr., who was a guest speaker during the 6th General Membership Meeting of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industries at Seda Abreeza Hotel on Friday, said the crime volume in the city went up from 2,766 in the second quarter of 2013 to 2,882 in the same period this year.

Index crimes (homicide, hold-up, theft, etc.) surged by 11 percent from 1,182 in 2013 to 1,332 in 2014. However, non-index crimes (drugs) dropped by two percent from 1,584 to 1,550.

Danao cited poverty and hardships as possible causes of the crime volume. He said most of the crimes committed are robbery and theft.

Danao, however, said it is alarming to note that of the 2,882 crimes committed, 823 were committed by children in conflict with the law (CICL), most of which committed robbery, theft, hold-up, and other similar crimes.

Despite the increase in crime volume, Danao said crimes solved in the second quarter are also much higher compare to that of last year.

In the data he presented, crimes solved increased from 36.80 percent in the second quarter of 2013 to 52.67 percent in the same period this year.

Danao also said peace and order in Davao City remains peaceful overall.

"The active support from different stakeholders, the strong political will in implementing laws and ordinances resulted to a manageable turnout ofcrime rate which made Davao City as one of the safest in the world that further led to the attainment of a safer place to live, work, and do business," Danao said.