NON-INDEX crimes, which are mostly violation of special laws and other less serious criminal offenses, comprised the huge chunk of the total crime volume recorded by the Philippine National Police from January to October this year, officials said on Thursday.
According to PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Dionardo B. Carlos, of the 452,204 total crime volume recorded over the past 10 months of the year, 357,639 incidents or 79.08 percent were non-index crime cases, while only 94,565 incidents or 20.91 percent were index crimes, including incidents of rape, homicide, physical injuries, theft, carnapping and cattle-rustling.
The PNP spokesperson said that the figures came from the Crime Information Reporting and Analysis System (CIRAS) of the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management headed by Director Augusto M. Marquez Jr.
Carlos noted that a total of 139,292 cases of reckless imprudence resulting in damage to property, mostly arising from road and industrial accidents, comprised 38.95 percent of the total non-index crimes recorded during the period. On the other hand, there were also 65,838 cases of reckless imprudence resulting in physical injury registered during the same period or 18.41 percent of the total number of non-index cases reported.
He explained that non-index crime cases are not accurate indicators of the overall prevailing crime situation, rather, it reflects the effectiveness of police operations in the enforcement of special laws, statutes and local ordinances.
Another 25.51 percent of non-index crime cases were 91,235 incidents of violation of special laws such as Republic Act 9262 or the Law Against Violence on Women and their Children -- 19,593 cases; RA 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law -- 14,592; RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 -- 36,347; RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 -- 4,838; PD 705 or the Law on Anti-Illegal Logging -- 1,338; RA 4135 or the Traffic Code of the Philippines -- 4,569; RA 9344 or the Juvenile Welfare Act -- 1,092; and RA 9287 or the Anti-Illegal Gambling Law -- 9,430.
Also included among the non-index crimes reported from January to last October were 56,020 incidents of other less serious criminal offenses or 15.66 percent of the total crime volume.
They include cases of acts of lasciviousness (3,277), alarm and scandal (8,386), direct assault (1,845), estafa (3,266), threats (4,084), malicious mischief (6,043), and unjust vexation (2,641).
with Marian Joyce T. Gavino