THE total crime volume in Cordillera region went down by 35.41 percent last year with police recording a reduction of 4,590 crime incidents compared to the 2016 record, local police director, Chief Superintendent Elmo Francis O. Sarona announced yesterday.
“We are happy to announce that the Cordillera police’s commitment to curb the illegal drug menace and minimize the occurrence of crime incidents resulted in a massive reduction of crime incidents in the region in 2017,” said the lawyer-classmate from Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 of Philippine National Police chief, Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa.
Official Cordillera police records showed that crime volume in the region in 2017 went down to 8,374 incidents compared to the 12,964 cases recorded in 2016.
Cases of index crimes including rape, physical injuries, theft, robbery and homicide also went down by 58.10 percent or a reduction of 2,318 incidents last year while non-index crimes or less serious crimes including violation of special laws dropped to 25.32 percent or a reduction of 2,272 incidents.
Sarona said all the provinces of the region and the city of Baguio displayed a decreasing trend in their total Non-Index Crimes of which the most prevalent incidents fall under the category of Other Crimes with a significant decrease of 74.96 percent or a total of 3,964 incidents.
It was followed by violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 with 63.41 percent; Vehicular Traffic Accidents with 48.35 percent; and cases of Violence Against Women and Children/Child Abuse with 35.34 percent.
Cases for violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 also went down drastically in the region last year with only 4.21 percent of the crimes recorded. The reduction was attributed to stepped-up police patrols and manhunt operation against wanted persons launched to prevent them from using illegal firearms in the commission of crimes in the region.
Sarona said their Crime Solution Efficiency or CSE likewise increased to 12.6 percent in 2017 with a 70.01 percent CES as compared to the 57.41 percent CSE in 2016.
The official also attributed the notable decrease in crime volume and increase in Crime Solution Efficiency to their strict and religious implementation of the PNP Project: Double Barrel and the execution of programs to preempt focus crimes and motor-vehicle riding criminals specifically those using motorcycles as their getaway vehicles.