BACOLOD City – Murder and homicide cases in Negros Occidental went down by 15 percent in 2017 compared to 2016, according to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO).
The report indicated that 178 murder and 82 homicide cases occurred in 2017, against 211 murder and 96 cases of homicide in 2016.
Provincial police director Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil cited the cooperation of the community, as well as more police operations for the lower crime figures.
Registering the highest reduction was motorcycle theft from 142 to 69 or a 66.67 percent decline, followed by theft with 30.74 percent reduction.
Cases of physical injuries also dropped by 21.9 percent, from 1,293 in 2016 to 980 last year, and robbery from 534 to 418 cases.
But incidents of rape spiraled from 192 in 2016 to 222 last year, an increase of 15.63 percent.