The crime volume in Negros Occidental dropped by 40 percent last year, compared to 2010, police records show.
Senior Inspector Gary Alan Resuma, chief of the Negros Occidental police Operations and Plans Branch, yesterday said the crime solution efficiency of NOPPO also posted a dramatic increase from 12.38 percent in 2010, to 34.05 percent last year.
Resuma attributed the increase in crime solution efficiency to the high percentage of crimes solved.
Police recorded 1,909 incidents last year, compared to 3,199 in 2010, which posted a reduction of 1,299 incidents.
Of the 1,909 incidents, 1,400 are categorized as index crimes, or crimes against persons and property, and 383 non-index crimes that cover the implementation of special laws, such as campaigns against prohibited drugs, illegal possession of firearms, illegal fishing and gambling, and carnapping.
Resuma said index crimes reduced by 848, or 37.72 percent, last year, compared to 2010.
The average monthly crime rate in Negros Occidental also registered at 6.71 per 100,000 population last year, compared to 11.25 in 2010.
In a joint conference with the Philippine Army at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City, Resuma said the improved peace and order campaign was also attributed to the implementation of police patrol system in identified crime-prone areas and police immersion programs in the barangays.
He, however, said there is no let-up in manhunt operations against most-wanted persons Noel Ayalin and Romeo Corbo, who are linked to the massacre of four barangay officials and a family of three in the cities of Silay and Sagay, respectively, last year.
Negros Occidental police records also show that theft cases topped the list of index crimes committed in 2011 with 459, physical injuries – 371, robbery – 278, murder – 189, homicide – 84, carnapping – 31, and cattle rustling – 18.*GPB