Negros Oriental Gov. Edward Mark Macias hailed the Provincial Police Office for bringing down crimes by 22.61 percent in 2017, compared to 2016, a government press release said.
Macias expressed this at the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting at the Capitol in Dumaguete City.
Deputy provincial director, Supt. Carlos Lacuesta, of the Negros Oriental PPO, attributed the decrease to the support of the local chief executives and the massive 24-hour checkpoints in the province.
NORPPO reported that the number of crime incidents or total crime volume dipped significantly, from 8,879 incidents in 2016, to 6,871 incidents in 2017, the press release said.
Of the total crime volume last year, about 1,638 were index crimes, and 2,784 non-index crimes.
Index crime, as defined by the PNP, refers to crimes against persons, such as homicide, with 58 cases; theft with 590 cases; robbery, 171 incidents; physical injuries, 440; rape, 132; and motornapping with 72 cases.
Murder slightly increased, from 150 cases in 2016, to 166 in 2017, the press release also said.
Across the province, the PNP said all municipalities and cities posted noticeable decline in index crime cases, especially Dumaguete City, with a 49.81 percent decrease in crimes, and Valencia town with a 63.02 percent drop.
Overall, Lacuesta said theft cases were most prevalent and made up 32.44 percent of all recorded index crime incidents, while physical injury comprised 28.44 percent, and robbery 14.75 percent, of all index crime cases.
Non-index crimes or offenses punishable under the Revised Penal Code and Special Laws recorded 1,801 incidents, and 2,784 for traffic related incidents or TRI.
On the enforcement of Republic Act 9165, or the anti-illegal drugs campaign, NORPPO arrested 361 drug users and pushers, and seized 2,520.996 grams of shabu and 11.5 grams of marijuana, worth more than P24 million.
Lacuesta also reported that, of the total 557 barangays in the province, 424 were slightly affected with drugs, and 77 barangays moderately affected.
NORPPO has cleared 47 barangays of illegal drugs while 53 are still to be declared so, under the Dangerous Drugs Board parameters.
Under RA 9287, or the campaign against illegal gambling, the police force arrested 337 persons with P99,728 in bet money confiscated.
For the campaign against loose firearms or RA 8294, the PNP arrested 93 persons and confiscated 124 firearms, the press release said.
On the campaign against illegal logging, the police arrested 32 persons and confiscated or recovered 18,448.23 board feet of lumber, including 121 sacks of charcoal.
Lacuesta said Negros Oriental remains one of the most peaceful places in the region and he is confident that the decline in crimes will continue as the PNP intensifies its campaign against illegal drugs, the press release added.*
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