THE number of crimes recorded during the first semester of the year is much lower than that during the same period last year, police figures showed on Thursday.
Records from the Directorate for Investigative and Detective Management (DIDM) of the Philippine National Police said total crime volume recorded by the police from January to end-June this year totaled 346, 469.
The figure is down by 63, 996 from the 410,665 recorded by the police for the same period in 2013 or a difference of 15.63 percent, the DIDM said.
This and other figures were based on police blotters recorded throughout the country for January to June and did not include data coming from other government agencies with law enforcement functions such as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Other government agencies with law enforcement functions are the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Bureau of Customs (BOC).
The DIDM said the police have cleared more crimes in the first semester of the year.
It added that of the total crime volume of 846, 147, about 50. 23 percent of it or about 423, 033 have been cleared by the police.
The DIDM figures said police efficiency in solving crimes went up.
Police crime solution efficiency for the first semester was 36.15 percent as compared to last year’s 26.77 percent.