THE eastern part of Metro Manila registered the lowest crime rate during the first quarter of the year.
From a total of 2,713 crime incidents recorded during the first three months last year, the total crime volume was down to 1,872.
District Investigation and Detection Management (DIDM) deputy chief Sr. Inspector Edilberto Sanchez said the significant drop in crime incidence in the cities of Mandaluyong, Pasig, San Juan and Marikina was attributed to the intensified Oplan: Lambat-Sibat and Oplan Sita of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and its intensified police visibility.
“This implies that the PNP’s efforts in various operations such as Oplan Sita, Oplan Lambat Sibat, police visibility are effective in crime prevention,” Sanchez said.
However, Sanchez lamented that EPD still needs to double its effort in solving crimes which registered only at 54 percent compared to last year’s 59 percent.
But he said the figure is not so bad considering that the crime volume this year is lesser compared to figures from January to March last year.
DIDM’s data showed that out of the 1,872 crimes in this year’s first quarter, 1,391 cases have been cleared meaning, the suspect(s) in those crimes have been identified and were charged in court.
EPD also recorded 938 cases of murder, homicide, physical injuries, rape, robbery, theft, and car theft and almost half had been solved while over 500 cases were already cleared.