THE Philippines is now safer from theft, carnapping (carjacking), robbery, physical injury, and rape, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement yesterday after the Philippine National Police (PNP) released figures showing index crime volume declined 25,673 to 55,391 in July-November 2016 period, from 81,064 a year ago.
Citing the PNP report, Andanar said index crime rate went down to 31.67 percent in July to November this year as compared to the same period last year.
Index crimes are defined by the PNP as crimes against persons (such as murder, homicide, physical injury, and rape) and crimes against property (like robbery, theft, carnapping, and cattle rustling).
Data showed crimes against property posted a significant slide to 42.48 percent, while crimes against person dropped 12.25 percent.
Overall, crime incidents continued to decline across the country since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office.
The PNP report showed crime volume had gone down 34,741 (12.44%) to 244,637 in July-November 2016 period as against 279,378 in the same period last year.
Secretary Andanar lauded the efforts of the PNP in fulfilling the election promise of President Duterte to solve rampant criminality.
"I am calling on the people to continue cooperating with the police to further bring down crime incidents in the country," Andanar said.