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Central Visayas Region

PIA Press Release
Saturday, January 28, 2012

Central Visayas crimes dip by 27% in 2011

by Rey Anthony H. Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Jan 28 (PIA) -- Crimes in Central Visayas (CV) dropped by 30 percent iin 2011 as compared to 23 percent in 2010 which already registered a downtrend from 2009, according to Police Regional Office-7.

PRO-7 deputy director for operations PSSupt Louie Oppus reported in the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) meeting in Dumaguete City recently that the PNP has registered 35,762 index and non-index crimes in 2009 and this reduced by 4 percent in 2010 with 34,097 record.

Oppus added crimes against persons and properties such as theft, robbery and physical injuries are still the top crimes in Central Visayas.

Oppus explained that crime solution efficiency was also on an increasing trend with a 37.99 percent crime solution lin 2011 compared to 23.19 percent in 2009.

According to Oppus, the positive crime statistics is attributed to the honest to goodness implementation of a Visayas-wide Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS) to maximize police visibility.

PRO-7 data showed that In 2009, the average crime volume per day was 43 all throughout the region. This dipped to 40 in 2010 and down to 24 in 2011.

The region’s lowest average crime volume went to Siquijor at only 15, while Bohol followed closely at 17.

Cebu Province pegs a daily average of 20, NegOr with 21, Mandaue at 54, Lapulapu at 70 and Cebu City at 74.

Bohol Police Chief, PSSupt. Constantino Barot said this development is already huge considering that Central Visayas is continually hassled by lack of manpower and crime fighting equipment.

Bohol for example took a monthly average of 31 in 2009, then it went down to 25 in 2010 and slipped further down to 17 in 2012, records from the PRO-7 showed.

From 16.42 percent in 2009, efficiency climbed to 17.36 in 2010 but surged further up with a 37.99 percent in 2011 across the region.

In Bohol, crime solution efficiency in 2009 was noted at 10.6 percent which increased to 13.2 by the following year.

Oppus concluded his report by saying that Central Visayas still remains as one of the most desirable places to live, work, invest and do business in.

The Regional Peace & Order Council in Central Visayas is chaired by Bohol governor Edgar Chatto and its 1st quarter meeting was held at the NegOr convention center, Dumaguete City on January 26.

The first part of the meeting was the turnover of financial aid to the Sendong victims from Bohol LGU with a check worth P400,000 and PRO-7 donations worth over P420,000 from police personnel. (mbcn/rahc/PIA-Bohol)

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