Index crimes, also known as crimes against persons and property in Negros Occidental, went down by 23.74 percent in 2017, compared to 2016, police records show.
They went down from 3,904 in 2016, to 2,997 last year.
Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, Negros Occidental police director, attributed the reduction of crimes to the Enhanced Managing Police Operation being in the province.
Index crimes involve crimes against persons such are murder, homicide, physical injury and rape, and crimes against property, including robbery, theft, carnapping and cattle rustling.
In the same period, non-index crimes, also known as violation of special laws, such as illegal gambling, logging and fishing, illegal drugs and firearms, also dropped from 5,204 in 2016, to 4,205 last year, registering a reduction of 19.20 percent.
Castil acknowledged the full cooperation of Negrenses in their anti-criminality campaign.
On Jan. 6, three brothers, who are facing frustrated murder charges, were all apprehended by the police in Brgy. Bagonbon, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Kathrine Go.
Nabbed by the combined troopers of the San Carlos police, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6, and the 3rd Manuever Platoon of the Negros Occidental Police Mobile Force Company, were Wilfred Eyas and his two younger brothers, Gerald and Jun Ray.
Go recommended P200,000 bail for each of the accused suspects, who are now in jail.
The police also apprehended Norberto Banay in Brgy. Oringao, Kabankalan City, by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Rodney Magbanua, for multiple attempted murder.
Magbanua also recommended P120,000 bail for Banay, who is now detained at the custodial facility of the Kabankalan City Police Station.
Also nabbed in Kabankalan City were Ryan Dizon, a laborer, for the crime of rape, and Alexander Olimpo, for violation of RA 10591, or illegal possession of firearms.
Magbanua also recommended P120,000 bail each for Dizon and Olimpo, police records show.* GPB
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