Number of Metro crimes dips in 1st quarter of 2011 – NCRPO

EVEN with a spike in car theft and murders in the past months, criminality in Metro Manila is down by as much as 15 percent during the first quarter of the year compared to the same period in 2010.

Figures released by the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) Monday said a total of 8,352 crimes were tallied across Metro Manila from January 1 to end of March this year.

The said figure is about 15 percent lower than the 9,853 criminal incidents that the NCRPO recorded for the same period in 2010, NCRPO chief Director Nicanor Bartolome said in a statement.

Majority of the crimes reported during the first quarter of 2011 in Metro Manila were index crimes (5, 449), namely murder, rape, robbery and car theft. The rest are non-index crime (2,903) such as violations of special laws or  ordinances.

Of the 5,449 index crimes recorded, 1,599 incidents or 29.55% were crimes against person (murder, homicide, physical injury, rape) while 3,850 incidents or 70.45% were crimes against property (robbery, theft, carnapping).

In comparison to the crime data of the first quarters of 2010, Metro Manila experienced less cases of physical injury, robbery, rape, theft  and homicide cases in the first quarter this year, the NCRPO said.

It added that the number of physical injury cases recorded were 1,238 incidents or a decrease of 586 cases (32.12%) compared to the 1,824 cases in 2010, while robbery cases reached 1,582 incidents or a decrease of 412 cases (20.68%) compared to 1,992 cases last year.

Rape cases recorded were 106 incidents or a decrease of 20 incidents (15.87%) compared to the 126 rape cases last year. Recorded theft cases were pegged at 1,827 incidents or a decrease of 276 cases (13.12%) compared to 2,103 cases last year.

Homicide cases recorded were 98 incidents or a decrease of 13 cases (11.71%) compared to the 111 cases last year. Carnapping and murder cases slightly increased by 56 incidents (14.47%) and 18incidents (12.94%), respectively.

The data also recorded an increase of 14.4 percent in car theft incidents, or a total of 56 incidents.

“The better climate of peace for the first quarter of 2011 can be attributed to the more aggressive crime prevention efforts,” Bartolome said. Anthony Vargas

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