THE Western Visayas Regional Police Office (WVRPO) on Wednesday said that the crime rate in the region went down by 17.14 percent during the first four months of the year, compared to the same period last year. Supt. Gilbert Gorero, WVRPO information officer, said that crimes recorded from January up to April 2016 in the region totaled 19,647 cases, lower by 4,063 cases or about 17.14 percent drop compared to the 23,710 incidents recorded for same period last year. Of the 19,647 cases, 13,985 were non-index crimes (special laws or local ordinances), while 5,662 cases were classified as index crimes (against persons and properties. The most common among non-index crimes was physical injury, followed by theft. The leading index crimes were murder-94, homicide-34, rape-161, robbery-334, motornapping-104, cattle rustling-12. Meanwhile, crime solution efficiency increased by 59.18 percent compared to 51.60 percent last year, while crime clearance efficiency also rose by 60.52 percent compared to last year’s 52.98 percent. The region consists of the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo. Siquijor and Negros Occidental.