Crimes drop 10% in May, says police report
Tagbilaran City (18 June) -- Criminality in Bohol dipped 10% during the period May 1-31 despite the usual rise in crimes by the fiesta month owing to the bulk of well-wishers that can camouflage the entry of criminal elements from nearby islands.
For the police force, the month also featured a change in command in Camp Dagohoy from Boholano PSSupt Anthony Obenza to Pssupt. Rodolfo Llorca.
Some politicians sought for Obenza's transfer due to insinuations of bias. It was Governor Erico Aumentado who is also running for the Second District as Representative who appointed Obenza.
Scoring the victory, police authorities ascribe to the intense operations brought about by the National Firearms Control Program and the successful conduct of comprehensive programs and operations that heightened police visibility in the past month of May.
Camp Dagohoy also ascribe the intensified election ban and heightened operations as contributing factor effecting to the lessening of reported criminal activities.
According to police crime data at Camp Dagohoy, May crime count amounted to 222 cases, some 10% less than the previous month of April, which registered 249 index and non-index crimes, a report during the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting held at the Bohol Tropics revealed.
The merry month registered 175 index crimes, some 20 cases lesser than last month which showed some 195 cases. Non index crimes also went down to 47 from 54 of last month, or some 7 cases left.
Still leading the reported criminal activities is theft at 73, followed by physical injuries at 38 and robbery at 37.
Over the development, police authorities bared that the force is to intensify its intelligence and monitoring activities while concentrating on motorcycle riding criminal elements and robbery groups for the month.
Meanwhile, at the current manpower problems, local police authorities still insist a strong police community relationship may alleviate the problem. (PIA-Bohol) [top]