The number of murder and homicide cases in Negros Occidental dropped by about 15 percent last year, compared to 2016, a police report showed yesterday.
There were 178 murder and 82 homicide cases last year, compared to 211 murder and 96 cases of homicide in 2016, registering a reduction of about 15 percent in killing incidents, records of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office showed.
Murder and homicide cases are among the eight focus crimes that showed a decline in numbers in Negros Occidental.
Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, attributed it to the cooperation of the community, as well as police operations.
Incidents of motorcycle theft posted the highest reduction among eight focus crimes, and had dropped from 142 to 69, showing a decline of 66.67 percent, followed by theft with 30.74 percent reduction, with 1,415 in 2016 and 980 last year.
Cases of physical injuries also dropped by 21.9 percent, from 1,293 in 2016 to 980 last year, and robbery also reduced from 534 to 418.
However, incidents of rape increased from 192 in 2016 to 222 last year, indicating an increase of 15.63 percent.
Despite the reduction trend, Castil is asking Negrenses to fully support their drive against criminality and other unlawful activities.* GPB
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