TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Nov. 14 (PIA) - - The Philippine National Police (PNP) region 2 has recorded a total crime incidents of 7, 452 from January to October of this year, a decrease by 28.25 percent as compared to the 10, 386 cases in the same period last year.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Chevalier Iringan, regional information officer, said Isabela province has the highest number of recorded cases with 2, 256, followed by Nueva Vizcaya with 2, 116, Cagayan with 2, 017, Santiago City with 871, Quirino with 173, and the island province of Batanes has the lowest with only 19 cases.
Among the index crimes, rape registered the highest incidents with 22 percent, followed by theft with 21 percent, physical injury with 19 percent, robbery- 13 percent, murder - 11 percent, carnapping - 7 percent, and homicide with 4 percent.
"The decrease in the number of incidents within the period under review was due to the holistic crime prevention efforts of the Valley cops in the fields to eliminate the opportunity of the would-be violators to accomplish their criminal acts," Iringan said
He also said the Cagayan Valley police has intensified its patrol beat program through checkpoint operations, implementation of the Oplan Bakal/Sita, police visibility and other strategies that each of the provincial, city and municipal stations have implemented.
On the increasing rape cases, Iringan said it is the focus of their information drives in the communities urging victims and their family members as well as concerned citizens to immediately report rape cases to the nearest police for immediate action and protection of the victims.
Iringan also noted that there's a high crime solution efficiency of the Valley cops; however, there is still percentage of unsolved crimes due to lack of evidences established and witnesses on the crimes.
"This is the reason why we keep on urging people who witness crime cases to cooperate with the authorities to solve the incidents and ensure justice and protection not only of the victims but the community as a whole," Iringan said.
He also lauded police efforts in the successful implementation of the "One Time Big Time" program which results into the arrest of several wanted persons in the different parts of the region. (MDCT/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)