Fewer crimes recorded in January this year

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) expressed optimism of sustaining a better peace and order environment in 2012 as it notes an improved crime trends in the first month of the year.

Crime records culled by the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) have shown a sharp decline in index crime cases recorded in the month of January 2012.

Index crime incidents has dipped by 20.01% from the 14,227 cases in January 2011 to 11,379 cases in January 2012, said by the PNP Spokesman, Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr.

The PNP spokesman explained that index crime cases are the valid indicators of the prevailing crime situation.

Index crime include crime against persons such as murder, homicide, physical injuries and rape; and crime against property such as robbery, theft, carnapping and cattle-rustling.

The crime trend in January 2012 showed similar double-digit decline in crime against persons and crime against property compared with the previous year’s record for the same month.

Cruz said if the January crime trend is an indication of thing s to come in the months ahead, then we can certainly look forward to an improved peace and order situation towards the rest of the year.

Meanwhile, he PNP’s Crime Solution Efficiency in January 2012 rose 28.02% indicating better police performance in solving crime cases.

Even with this noteworthy crime solution record, the PNP leadership believes that police operations must be focused more on crime prevention mainly thru increased police visibility and patrol operations, Cruz noted.

Contrary to opinionated perceptions of a crime wave sweeping the country as highlighted by some sensationalized reports of some isolated incidents of heinous crime, factual and verifiable records in the form of crime statistics say otherwise, the PNP spokesman argued.

“Crime is not a runaway problem because the criminal justice system is fully functional and certainty of punishment has been fully established as an effective deterrent to crime,” Cruz said. Anthony Vargas

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