Issue of December 3, 2017

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Benguet police note high decline in crime volume from Jan–Oct
by PIA–Benguet

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Benguet Police Provincial Office recorded a 50 percent reduction in focus crime volume from January to October this year compared to the volume of crime committed in the same period last year.

Supt. Louisito Meris, deputy provincial director for operations, reported this during the fourth quarter Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting last week.

The crime volume in the period covered went down to 370 from the 739 recorded in January to October 2016. The police reported the average monthly crime rate also went down by 50 percent.

The top crimes committed were theft with 125 cases, physical injuries with 102, and robbery with 75.

There were 39 rape cases reported, 10 each for murder and carnapping of motorcycle, five for homicide, and four for carnapping motor vehicle.

La Trinidad registered the highest focus crime committed with 175, followed by Tuba at 38 and Itogon at 34.

The crime clearance efficiency (CCE) improved from 50.20 percent from January to October last year to 68.92 percent for the same period this year. CCE is the percentage of cleared cases out of the total number of crime incidents handled by law enforcement agencies.

The crime solution efficiency (CSE) improved from 37.35 percent from January to October last year to 52.43 percent for the same period this year. CSE is the percentage of solved cases of the total number of crime incidents handled by law enforcement agencies.

After Pres. Rodrigo Duterte ordered a halt on the war on drugs, the Philippine National Police shifted to anti-criminality drive focusing on preventing and solving seven crimes namely murder, homicide, theft, robbery, physical injuries, car and motorcycle theft, and rape.

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