PNP reports fewer crimes in first 8 months of 2010

The first eight months of the year showed a significant drop compared to last year, according to figures released by the Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday.

The PNP’s Directorate for Investigative and Detective Management (DIDM) said reports of police regional offices showed reduced criminal incidents from January to August this year compared to figures during the same period last year.

The PNP said this means a 38.33 percent drop in the total crime volume from last year. A total of 205, 604 incidents were registered this year compared to 333, 416 last year.

“This significant improvement is due to the 150-day election gun ban period that took effect from January to June in connection with the May 2010 national and local elections,” PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said in a statement.

Consistent with the decline in Total Crime Volume are corresponding double-digit decreases in Index Crime (27.98 percent) and Non-Index Crime (43.87 percent), while the national crime record posted a 39.1% drop in crimes against persons, and 28.37 percent decrease in crimes against property. (Anthony Vargas)

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