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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, February 5, 2018
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Homicide up 200%

Homicide cases in Bacolod City in January increased by 200 percent compared to the same period, last year.

Last month, the Bacolod City Police Office recorded three homicide cases, while there was only one incident in January 2017, its report showed.

Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo, BCPO officer-in-charge, said the homicide cases in January this year happened inside residences and the usual cause was misunderstanding, which the police cannot easily prevent.

Only homicide of the eight focus crimes had increased. The seven other focus crimes, such as murder, physical injuries, rape, robbery, theft, carnapping, and motorcycle theft decreased, Ebreo said.

There was a decrease of 67 percent in murder cases last month, compared to January 2017, physical injury also dropped by 59 percent, rape by 79 percent, robbery by 27 percent, theft by 34 percent, and carnapping by 50 percent, while motorcycle thefts remain at one incident, Ebreo said.

The total focus crimes also decreased by 44 percent in January 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, the BCPO reported.

The BCPO recorded 99 crimes in January 2017, while there were only 55 in January 2018.

“So we can conclude that peace and order in Bacolod City is still very manageable,” Ebreo said.

The decrease in most kinds of crimes in the city is attributed to the continuous evaluation of crime occurrence, its causes, and modus through the Enhanced Managing Police Operation (EMPO), Ebreo said.

Although the 311 police augmentation from Police Regional Office-6 had already been pulled out from Bacolod, it had no effecton the peace and order of the city since the BCPO is maximizing its personnel and available resources, he added.*SGG



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