ROBBERY incidents in Bacolod City decreased by 31.58 percent in January this year compared to the cases in the same month the last year.
Senior Superintendent Francisco Ebreo, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said on Thursday that 13 cases of robbery were recorded in January 2018 as against the 19 incidents in January 2017.
Ebreo said their main concern is the crimes against properties and persons.
He showed the comparative statistics following reports that robbery incidents have been rampant in the city recently.
The recent case was in Barangay Estefania, where a tricycle driver was robbed by two unidentified men who pretended to be his passengers at 3:45 a.m. The robbers threatened them at knifepoint and carted away his collection amounting to P200.
Ebreo also cited the robbery hold-up incident last Monday victimizing two women from Bohol in front of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Barangay Villamonte. One of the two robbers on a motorcycle was identified and is facing charges.
With the occurrence of such incident, Ebreo said Chief Inspector Ritchie Gohee, head of Police Station 4, immediately deployed personnel in the area to secure people who go to the PSA office in the wee hours.
Ebreo said the police station coordinated with the PSA’s security personnel and suggested to them to allow those with transactions to enter the compound while waiting for their office to open.
Although there is a decline in the percentage of robbery cases, Ebreo said he reminded the police chiefs not to allow the recurrence of crimes in their areas of jurisdiction.
“They should immediately determine the cause and provide solution to it to prevent it from happening again,” he added.
For all crimes in January, BCPO’s crime clearance efficiency, or those cases wherein suspects were identified and were charged but were not arrested, improved by 61.54 percent compared to last year’s 36.84 percent, with an increase of 24.70 percent.
For the crime solution efficiency, or cases wherein suspects were arrested and charged, also increased by 9.31 percent from 36.84 percent in 2017 to 46.15 percent this year.