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PIA Press Release
2008/11/26

Cebu City posts highest index crime volume in Central Visayas

Cebu City (November 26) -- Cebu City has the highest index crime rate from January to November 20, this year with 1,501 out of the 4,898 recorded incidents or 31 percent of the total crime volume in the region.

Police Regional Office (PRO-7) chief of the Regional Investigation and Detection Management Division S/Supt. Arturo Evangelista during the 'Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis' (TSIP) Forum this morning presented the comparative crime volume in Central Visayas where Cebu City posted the highest index crime rate followed by Cebu Province with 1,471 or 30 percent.

In third spot is Bohol with 736 index crime volume or garnering 15 percent and fourth placer is Lapu-Lapu City with 495 or 10 percent and Mandaue City posted 327 index crime volume or seven percent, based on the presentation.

Negros Oriental only recorded 324 index crime incidents or six percent while Siquijor had 44 pr one percent of the region's total crime volume.

Index crimes are crimes committed against persons or properties.

Among the index crimes, theft and physical injury both registered the same incidence rate with 33 percent followed by robbery with 19 percent and next is murder with nine percent. Homicide and rape both got the same score with three percent.

In the same presentation, 1,617 incidents of theft were registered while physical injury only had 1,615 and robbery with 930 incidents. Cases of murder totaled 414 and rape with 165 followed lastly by homicide with 157.

Cebu City Police Office deputy director for operations P/Supt. Paul Labra said it comes as of no surprise that Cebu City always scores high on index crime rate as the city is the center of commerce and trade in the whole region.

Cebu City is where the center of commerce and trade is where a lot of people from neighboring areas go to work and if there are a lot of economic activities and massive people coming in and out excluding the residents, crimes are likely to occur, Labra said.

Labra added that as incidents of theft and robbery are bound to increase with the Christmas period, they are intensifying their checkpoint operations done daily especially in crime prone areas while going non-stop in its pursuit against criminal elements once they receive the warrants of arrest against these criminals.

On December 1, the Cebu City Police Office will launch their 'Santa Cops' Program where personnel on field will be wearing 'Santa' caps and will also be giving candies to children they meet along the way. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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