CRIMES in Negros Occidental during the observance of Undas 2017 decreased by 56.38 percent compared to last year’s statistics, records of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo) showed.

Inspector Charmae De Paz, public information officer of Nocppo, said in a press release Friday that 41 incidents were recorded from October 31 to November 2 this year while 94 cases were recorded from November 1 to 2 in 2016.

The drop in the crime volume is a result of the intensified security measures through the deployment of policemen in cemeteries, public markets, transportation hubs, and other places of convergence in the province, it said.

The information drive of the police to educate and raise awareness to the public also helped reduce the crimes, it added.

Record shows the preparation of the policemen and cooperation of the community is the most important factor in considering a peaceful and safer observance of the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

Superintendent Rodolfo Castil Jr., director of Nocppo, recognized the sacrifices and applauded the efforts of the Nocppo personnel.

He encouraged them to maintain the same enthusiasm in performing their every duty and responsibility.