CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 18 (PIA) – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region X has noted a 36 percent reduction in crime volume in the region in the first quarter of the year.
Engr. Cecilio Y. Clarete, chief economic development specialist of NEDA-X, said in a media forum that the police recorded 3,697 crime incidents during the quarter, lower by 2,083 incidents than the 5,780 posted from the same period of last year.
NEDA-X QRESAbout 25 percent of the total crime volume is described as index crimes, which also went down by 53 percent from 1,977 cases last year to 923 this year.
Index crime involves crimes against persons such as murder, homicide, physical injury, and rape; and crimes against property such as robbery, theft, carnapping and cattle rustling.
Non-index crimes, on the other hand, are violations of special laws such as illegal logging or local ordinances.
Clarete said the reduction of crime incidents was attributed to the implementation of martial law and weakened presence of illegal drugs in the streets as a result of the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.
Across the region, all provinces posted noticeable decline in crime volume and index crime cases with Camiguin posting the highest percent reduction. In terms of magnitude, Cagayan de Oro City recorded the highest reduction in index crimes from 702 to 264 cases. (APB/PIA-10)