CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO, La Union: Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) acting director Chief Superintendent Ericson T. Velasquez has reported a significant decrease in the number of index crimes last year compared with 2014.
Velasquez said a decrease of 14.19 percent or 1,559 cases is a good indication that the police in Region is doing its job despite a 12.9 percent increase in the total crime volume because of the higher number of non-index crimes.
The police tags murder, homicide, physical injury and rape, and crimes against property such as robbery, theft, carnapping and cattle rustling as index crimes. The number of index crimes totaled 9,426 in 2015 from 10,985 in 2014, according to the PRO1.
The police, however, recorded a 24.89 percent or 6,178 increase in the number of non-index crimes, with the violation of Special Laws chalking up the highest at 9,002 last year from 4,395 in 2014.
Non-index crimes include reckless imprudence resulting to homicide, physical injuries and damage to property, violation of special laws involving illegal drugs, illegal logging, loose firearms, illegal fishing and local ordinances. Other crimes outside the list of index crimes are also considered as non-index crimes.
Velasquez noted the PRO1 is aggressively pursuing an anti-criminality drive and the stricter implementation of “Oplan Lambat–Sibat”.
The police, he said, are enforcing special laws and pursuing other law enforcement initiatives in Region 1 that include all crimes and offenses at the barangay or village level.
According to the PRO1 Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD), some 40,429 crimes were recorded in 2015 from 35,810 in 2014.