The Police Regional Office (PRO-6) recorded a 44.77 percent drop in the number of crime incidents in Western Visayas from January to June 2018 compared to the same period a year ago.
Based on data from the PRO-6, crime incidents in the region in the first six months of the year totaled 13, 930, lower than last year’s 25, 223.
Of the 2018 figure, 11,084 were non-index crimes or violations of special laws and local ordinances while 2, 846 were categorized as index crimes or crimes committed against persons and properties.
According to PRO-6 Director Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao, 54.50 percent or 1,566 of the index crimes were solved.
“Nationwide, we ranked third in the index crime solution efficiency,” he said.
Index crimes include rape, murder, homicide, physical injuries, theft, robbery, and carnapping/ motornapping.
In the region, physical injuries, theft, and robbery were the most prevalent crimes in the first semester of the year.
Bulalacao attributed the decrease in the number of crime incidents to their intensified law enforcement efforts.
“It was also due to the government’s relentless crackdown on illegal drugs, and the active support of the community and other stakeholders,” he told the media.IMT