EVEN though index crimes in Lapu-Lapu City have dropped, residents have been advised to take note of the time these crimes take place.
Senior Supt. Rommel Cabagnot, Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LCPO) director, said index crimes, which include murder, homicide, robbery, physical injury, theft, carnapping and rape, fell 22.8 percent due to their intensive campaign against illegal drugs.
Cabagnot said they found out that most of the perpetrators were high on illegal drugs when they committed the crimes.
From January to August this year, 826 index crimes were recorded.
The figure is lower compared to the 1,070 total crime volume in the same period last year.
In the last two years, theft posted the highest number of incidents, followed by robbery and physical injury.
Since the police implemented the Oplang Tokhang program, some 1,445 drugs users and 271 drug pushers had surrendered between July 1 and Aug. 30.
“This week, we were only able to seize sachets of shabu. Our campaign really made a difference,” Cabagnot said in Cebuano.
According to LCPO’s crime clock, theft usually takes place between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. the following day.
Robberies usually happen from midnight to 4 a.m. while physical injury incidents usually occur from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Through this, Cabagnot said, barangay tanods can conduct patrols at the most ideal time.
“Barangay officials were given copies of the crime clock so they would know when to direct their tanods to conduct patrols,” the LCPO director said in Cebuano.
Contrary to the index crime, non-index crimes in the city rose to 2,230 between January and August this year, compared to 1,736 for the same period last year.
Non-index crimes include operation of illegal drugs, violations on special laws and ordinances and incidents involving reckless imprudence.
Cabagnot attributed the rise in incidents to the police’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs.
Meanwhile, Mayor Paz Radaza assured that the City Government is doing its best to help prevent crime in the city.
“We need to have a cooperation with each other (to solve the illegal drugs),” Radaza said.
Radaza said the City will support the police in the latter’s anti-drugs drive.