Index crimes down by 14.19% in Region 1

SAN FERNANDO CITY – Total index crimes in Region 1 dropped by 14.19% or 1,559 cases in the index crimes from January to December 2015 as compared to the same period in 2014.

Police Chief Superintendent Ericson T. Velasquez, PRO1’s Acting Regional Director, said the decrease  is a good indication that the Region 1 police is doing their job well despite the 12.9% increase in its total crime volume caused by an increase in total non-index crimes.

Index crimes which comprised  crimes against persons such as murder, homicide, physical injury and rape, and crimes against property such as robbery, theft, carnapping and cattle rustling decreased to 9,426 in 2015 as compared  to 10,985 in 2014.

Crimes against person and property under index crimes, decreased to 309 and 1,250 respectively.

Meanwhile, non-index crimes increased by 24.89% or 6,178 with violation of Special Laws recording the highest increase with a total of 9,002  as compared to 4,329 in 2014. Non-Index Crimes include reckless imprudence resulting to homicide, physical injuries and damage to property; and violation of Special Laws such as illegal drugs, illegal logging, loose firearms, illegal fishing and local ordinances to include other crimes not included in the index crimes.

Velasquez further explained that the 12.9% or 4,619 increase in total crime volume from January 2015 as compared to the same period in 2014 is the result of the PRO1’s aggressive anti-criminality drive and stricter implementation of “Oplan Lambat–Sibat, and intensified enforcement of special laws and other law enforcement initiatives within the area of Region 1 and the inclusion of all crimes and offenses referred to the barangays.

Based on the report of the PRO1 Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD),  total crime volume increased to 40,429 in 2015 as compared to 35,810 in 2014.#