THE Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 has recorded a total of 5,136 crime incidents in Davao Region during the first quarter of 2013.
The figure includes crime incidents reported 1,162 barangays in the entire region.
Senior Inspector Gretchin R. Cinco, deputy chief of PRO-11 Public Information Office, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said: "The purpose of the inclusion of the crimes reported in the barangays in the monthly crime statistics is to give emphasis on the proper monitoring, collating and analysis of crime incident as prescribed in the Philippine National Police’s Letter of Instruction dated February 9."
"Counting and recording of crime incidents in the barangay level was highlighted to show the true crime picture and situation in the region," she added.
Of the said figure, 2,350 incidents were recorded under the non-index crimes or crimes involving violation of special laws and city ordinances while 2,786 are under index crimes or crimes against persons and property.
Incidents reported in the different barangays in the region summed up to 1,586 while crimes reported to the police reached 3,550.
A total of 1,965 crimes have been cleared while 1,659 are already solved. Crimes cleared refer to the incidents wherein charges have been filed yet the suspects are still at large while crimes solved are incidents where charges cases have been filed against arrested suspects.
Police have cleared a total of 1,245 crimes and solved 1,039. In the barangay level, 720 crimes were cleared while 620 were solved.
Cinclo also said PRO-11 has already activated the Barangay Peace Action Teams (BPATs) in the different barangays in the region at the start of the year to integrate their crime prevention campaign.
"BPATs are our force multiplier and they are considered as our frontlines in preventing or solving crimes in the barangay level," Cinco said.
She added that the community, however, should respect their authority as well because they are still part of the of the law enforcement personnel. Cinco also assured that police officers will still go to the barangay levels to help BPATs in hastening the investigation of crimes.