BACOLOD City – Crime volume in Bacolod City for August this year decreased by 20 percent compared to the number of incidents recorded for the same month last year, figures released by the police on Thursday showed.
In the eighth month of 2018, there were 232 crimes in the city, lower by 58 compared to the previous year’s 290.
Chief Insp. Sherlock Gabana, city police public information officer, said sustained police operations and increased public awareness on crime prevention have led to lesser crimes.
Index crimes, which are those committed against persons and property, dropped by 34.41 percent – from 93 in August 2017 to 61 in August 2018. These cover the eight focus crimes of murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, car theft, and stealing of motorcycles.
Non-index crimes, which include violations of special laws, were down by 13.20 – from 197 in August last year to only 171 this year.
For August 2018, police-initiated operations increased by 16.44 percent – from 73 in August last year to 85 this year.
The August 2017 crime data are consistent with the decreasing cases of both index and non-index crimes in the city from January to July.
In July, the total crime volume went down by 18.85 percent as crimes against persons and properties dropped by 52.27 percent during the period.
In the first six months of 2018, the city’s crime volume dropped by 20.83 percent to only 1,486 cases from the previous year’s 1,877.
Senior Supt. Francisco, acting director of Bacolod City Police, had earlier said the implementation of enhanced management of police operations, which includes police visibility on the streets, has resulted in lower crime volume. (PNA)