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Leyte records lowest crime rate in East Visayas in 2008

Tacloban City (October 6) -- The Province of Leyte, the biggest province in Eastern Visayas, registered the lowest crime rate at 41 per 100,000 population in 2008, the Philippine National Police Region 8 reported during the opening program of the National Statistics Month celebration in Region 8 on October 1.

Among the six provinces in the Region, Biliran which is the smallest province in terms of population, posted the highest crime rate at 91 crimes per 100,000 population.

Southern Leyte reported the second lowest crime rate in the Region with 56 crimes per 100,000 population. Northern Samar posted the third lowest crime rate with 58 crimes per 100,000 population. Samar comes in the fourth place with 60 crimes per 100,000 population in Eastern Visayas. Eastern Samar poster the 2nd highest crime rate with 69 crimes per 100,000 population.

The province of Leyte recorded the highest accomplishment among provinces at 97.4% while Calbayog topped other cities by solving 96.5% of its crime incidence.

Among the provinces and cities in Eastern Visayas, Calbayog City in Samar province posted the highest crime rate in 2008 with 138 crime reported per 100,000 population.

The National Statistical Coordination Board in Region 8 Director Evangeline Paran said that this figure is more than double the regional average of 58 crimes per 100,000 population.

Moreover, both Calbayog City's index crime rate of 56 per 100,000 population and non-index crime rate of 82 per 100,000 population were the highest in the region.

Meanwhile, Maasin City recorded the lowest crime rate among cities at 35 crimes per 100,000 population. Tacloban and Ormoc cities posted crime rates of 71 and 52 per 100,000 population, respectively.

In terms of crime solution efficiency, the Philippine National Police was able to solve 91.9% of the 2,289 crimes reported in the region in 2008.

Index Crimes includes those violations of the penal code considered to have socio-economic significance and occur with sufficient regularity to be meaningful. These include crimes versus person like murder, homicide, physical injury, and rape, and crimes versus property like robbery and theft.

Non-Index Crimes includes all other crimes not classified as index crimes. These are mostly composed of victimless offenses like crimes against national security, crimes against the fundamental laws of the state, crimes against public order, crimes against public morals, and violations of special laws. (PIA 8/PNP8/NSCB 8) [top]

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