Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Police records 7.4%
crimes increase here

TAGBILARAN CITY, April 26 (PIA)--Overall crime volume in Bohol increased 7.4% or some 50 more crime cases in March as against the previous month, reports from the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting showed.

Bohol recorded a total of 722 index and non index crimes in March as against 672 in February, according to Bohol Police Chief in Camp Dagohoy, Police Senior Superintendent Dennis Agustin during a meeting Friday, April 22.

And again, of the 722 crime cases in March, 26% or 189 of these cases are classified as traffic related incidents, police reports showed.

Police have been hinting that the more and more traffic incidents are happening in Bohol, crimes would continue to increase despite efforts to curb criminality.

In homicide for example, while Bohol police records 15 cases for the month, a good 14 of these cases or 93% are traffic related, Col Agustin's report clearly showed.

Another 69% of the cases of physical injuries are traffic related incidents, that is 120 cases of the 173 recorded for the month, according to the police data.

As he pointed out that index crimes in March is 15 cases lower than last months, the decrease was easily upset by the 65 cases increase in non-index crimes.

Non-index crimes however are crimes those that involve traffic related incidents, violation of special laws and other non index crimes, police records bare.

The significant decrease in index crimes are as follows: theft; nine cases less (138-from 147), robbery; 2 cases less (42 from 44), carnapping; (6 from 11) and homicide at 1 from 2 cases, Camp Dagohoy chief said.

March however also noted increases or sustained number of cases in index crimes like physical injury with 2 more cases (51 to 53), homicide one case less (2 to 1 in March) while murder and rape remained constant with 1- and 13.

For non index crimes, March saw some 16% increase, that amounts to 65 cases over last months, points out Colonel Agustin.

While it saw a decrease or one case in traffic related incidents from 190 to 189 cases, violation of special laws in March zoomed with 52 cases more.

Another 14 more cases showed up for other non-index crimes in March, police reports bared.

Reading a data from the Provincial Investigation and Detection Management Bureau, Col Agustin showed that Bohol police have so far done good in traffic related incidents, except for homicide which went up five cases more.

Traffic related incidents and damage to property caused by traffic all went down with one and seven cases respectively while physical injury went up a case past last month. (rac/PIA7/BOhol)

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