CRIME rate is reportedly on the upswing in Western Visayas as more crimes have been reported to the authorities during the first six months of the year, police figures revealed on Tuesday.
Data from the Regional Investigation and Detective Management (RIDM) of the Western Visayas police showed that from January to end of June 2013, police recorded a total crime volume of 4,631.
This is higher by 656 cases from the 3,975 cases that the Western Visayas Police recorded for the same period last year.
The data shows that of 4, 631 cases, 3,408 of them are classified as index crimes—those committed against person such as murder, rape and physical injuries and crimes committed against property such as theft and robbery.
The remaining 1,223 cases are non-index crimes, which includes violation of Special Laws and other crimes or offenses that are referable to the lupon in the barangays.
The data shows that index crimes jumped by 379 cases as compared to the 3,029 cases recorded for the same period last year while non-index crimes also rose by 277 from the 946 cases recorded last year.
Regional police commander, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., assured that the public must not be alarmed on the uptick of crime volume in the region: “The increase in crime volume is really expected after the PNP chief mandated to include all minor crimes or offenses that are referred to barangay lupon.”
Cruz added that the Western Visayas police have already taken steps in the intensification of its crime prevention activities by focusing on proper implementation of the Police Integrated Patrol System in the region.