CASES of robbery-holdups have been dipping sharply since 2016 to this date, the Philippine National Police reported yesterday citing comparative statistics from January to October last year and January to October this year.
According to PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos, a comparative analysis of robbery cases in January–October 2016 and during the same period in 2017 showed robbery incidents dropping by 23.61 percent or 4,311 cases fewer from 18,259 in 2016 to only 13,948 cases during the past 10 months of 2017.
He added that a monthly crime trend review showed robbery cases falling 44.89 percent from a high of 2,350 in January 2016, down to only 1,295 cases in October 2017, an all time-low level recorded over the past 22 months.
Carlos said all Police Regional Offices posted a marked reduction in robbery incidents in their respective areas of responsibility during the January-October period.
Robbery is among the eight focus crime concerns in the PNP's operational thrust on anti-criminality.
Latest data of crime incidents involving Motorcycle Riding Suspects (MRS) showed robbery as most prevalent among incidents perpetrated by criminals on two wheels.
Over a period of 26 days from October 10 through November 5, a total of 115 robberies were committed among 327 cases involving Motorcycle Riding Suspects.
Three of these MRS-related robbery incidents resulted in the death of three victims.
Carlos also reported that the Philippines’ total crime volume went down by 8 percent from January to October this year compared to the same period in 2016, attributing the decline to their stepped-up crackdown against organized crime groups and street gangs in the country.
He said aside from the 8.44 percent drop in the Total Crime Volume (TCV) from a high of 493,912 incidents in January-October 2016 down to only 452,204 incidents recorded from January to October this year, they also noted a significant 20.56 percent reduction in Index Crime cases during the same 10-month period as gleaned from the Crime Information Reporting and Analysis System of the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management.
Carlos said the nationwide TC of 452,204 is comprised 94,565 Index Crime cases and 357,639 Non-Index Crimes.
Index crimes include cases of murder, homicide, rape, physical injuries, theft, carnapping and cattle-rustling.
According to the official, the huge reduction in the total crime volume was recorded as PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa ordered an intensified intelligence-driven and focused police operations against organized crime groups and street gangs preying on innocent civilians particularly in Metro Manila and other urban areas in the country.