NEGROS ORIENTAL, April 19 (PIA) -- The Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) has reported a 21.5 percent drop in crime incidents in the province in the first quarter of 2021.
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During the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting, the Philippine National Police (PNP) or NOPPO reported that there were 1,661 crimes recorded this year compared to that in 2020 with 2,116.
Of the total crime volume, index crimes decreased with 73 incidents or by 32.3 percent, with theft having the highest number followed by physical injuries and murder.
Index crimes refer to serious crimes such as murder, homicide, and physical injury.
It also covers robbery, rape, theft, and carjacking.
On the other hand, non-index crimes also decreased by 9.8 percent (105 incidents), with most cases traffic-related and special laws.
The most prevalent index crime is theft with 42 incidents followed by physical injury with 39 and murder with 28 incidents.
For the non-index crimes, police noted a decrease of 276 cases in traffic-related incidents followed by special laws.
The PNP explained that special laws refer to crimes resulting from police-initiated crimes, enforcement of anti-illegal drugs law, gambling, and loose firearms campaign including application of search warrant.
For offenses punishable under the Revised Penal Code and Special Laws such as enforcement of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or Anti-Illegal Drugs campaign, police nabbed 178 pushers and confiscated 820.42 grams of shabu and 7.11 grams of marijuana, with a total value of more than P5-M.
Under RA 9287 or campaign against illegal gambling, the police arrested 759 persons and confiscated bet money amounting to P76,602.50.
For the campaign against loose firearms or RA 8294, PNP arrested 57 persons and recovered or confiscated 373 firearms and recorded 211 surrendered firearms. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental)