THE Police Regional Office 3 (PRO 3) recorded a 41.32 percent decline in Central Luzon’s crime rate during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from March 17 to May 15. The 5,344 crimes reported during the period was significantly lower compared to the 9,107 crimes reported during the same period last year. PBGen. Rhodel Sermonia, PRO3 director, said the figure shows that amid the enormous tasks being performed by the police force on the ground, they continue to level-up their anti-crime measures particularly on the anti-drug campaign along with the continuous strengthening of the police community relations. “We continue to intensify the conduct of operations against all forms of criminality even in this time of crisis, and we will have no let-up thru our enhanced focused police operations,” Sermonia added. Record for the same period also shows a total of 1,338 persons arrested for illegal drugs with 2.09 kilograms (kgs) of shabu and 2.04 kgs of marijuana were seized.
At least 1,715 persons were also apprehended for illegal gambling with P420,141 cash bets confiscated. Meanwhile, 27 most wanted persons and 320 wanted persons in the region were likewise arrested. PRO 3 remains on alert as provinces gradually eases restrictions following the two-month ECQ.