THE Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Thursday that theft and robbery cases in all of the five police districts in Metro Manila dipped by 25 percent from March 9 to 15 compared to the previous week.
The PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) attributed this to the increased police checkpoints, mobile and beat patrols, and intensified serving of arrest warrants in the metropolis.
According to DIDM, 310 incidents were recorded in Metro Manila from March 9 to 15, 2015 against 405 incidents the previous week (March 2 to 8).
The Manila Police District recorded the biggest decrease in serious crimes, from 100 incidents in the first week of March to 64 incidents in the second week. The MPD recorded a notable decrease in Ermita with only 13 incidents in the second week (March 9 to 15), compared to 23 incidents in the previous week.
The MPD is followed by Quezon City Police District with a total of 108 incidents on March 9 to 15 against 138 incidents last March 2 to 8, where Lagro/Fairview noted favorable assessments from 20 incidents down to 12.
Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, PNP officer-in-charge, said the decreasing crime trend is the result of the PNP’s Oplan “Lambat-Sibat” campaign.
“This is the result of the effective and efficient implementation of increased checkpoints, mobile and beat patrols, and intensified serving of arrest warrants, to include the deployment of police officers in densely populated areas including malls, train stations and terminals,” Espina said.
From 793 incidents on June 16, 2014 to January 4, 2015, crimes against property gradually decreased every week until the present, he said.
Meanwhile, the PNP said that at least 299 Most Wanted Persons in Metro Manila have been arrested over the past seven months of relentless manhunt operations in various parts of the metropolis.
Espina said those arrested represent almost half of the 603 Most Wanted Persons listed in the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) “order of battle” against suspects wanted by the law for alleged involvement in criminal activity.
Latest to fall were the 17 Most Wanted Persons arrested in separate weeklong police operations — from March 11 to 17, 2015 — carried out by the five police districts of NCRPO.
The PNP Directorate for Intelligence has listed a total of 603 Most Wanted Persons since August 13, 2014 when the PNP launched Oplan “Lambat-Sibat.”
The Oplan is a fusion of different anti-criminality operations like police checkpoints, mobile and foot patrols, Oplan Galugad, Oplan Bakal, Oplan Paglalansag Omega, among others.