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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 20, 2012


Zambo City crime rate goes down by 72% in 2011

by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 20 (PIA) –- Police recorded a whopping 72% reduction in the number of crimes reported in the city in 2011 compared to 2010 data.

Zamboanga City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo presented their comparative report during the City Peace and Order Council meeting yesterday with the city police recording only 3,155 crime volume last year, 8,255 lesser from 2010 crime volume of 11,410.

Crime volume report includes crime against person, properties and others. Of the 3,155 recorded crimes last year, 849 are crimes committed against persons, also a far-cry from 2010’s 1,994.

Col. De Ocampo said the vast decrease in crime volume in the city is a result of their intensified initiatives.

“The fact that there is a big decrease in crime volume in the city means that what we are doing is effective”, De Ocampo said.

Col. De Ocampo reported that majority of these cases are physical injury, with 622 cases. The police also recorded 132 murder cases, 67 rape cases and 28 homicide cases last year. He pointed that some of these are already solved, with suspects arrested and prosecuted while some are still being pursued by the police.

De Ocampo also gave statistics of shooting incidents in the city, specifically, in the last two months of 2011.

November data showed 16 shooting incidents, with two of those already solved, 10 were cleared and four cases closed. However, December shooting incidents ballooned to over a hundred percent with 33 cases. The police chief said cases were already filed against the suspects while there are still cases still being worked out.

City Mayor Celso Lobregat said a big chunk of these cases are drug related.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) IX said they are in constant communication with the PNP to help curb the increasing drug-related cases in the city.

Recently, PDEA 9 was given additional agents from other regions to augment their force here. They are also awaiting the integration of new agents in their fold who are set to graduate from their training. The agency also acquired two trained dogs to help them in their operations. Just this week, PDEA received 10 new firearms for added capability.

As part of continuing efforts to secure the city, Mayor Lobregat said they will be putting up CCTV cameras in the different strategic locations in the city to further deter criminals. Lobregat said the bidding of surveillance cameras amounting to over P20 M is now being processed.

He said they will be using state-of the-art fiber optics to connect all cameras to its central monitoring station. The central station is still to be decided although they are looking at the city’s “Sunken Garden”, located in the heart of the city, near the city hall, as a suitable location.

“We are looking at the “Sunken Garden” as our location for the central monitoring station, side by side with our 117 emergency office. Perhaps the City Tourism Office may move to Paseo del Mar. But it’s all just a possibility as of the moment”, Lobregat said. (JPA/MVC/PIA9-ZBST)

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