Over 248,000 crimes reported in 2011—PNP
But downward trend seenBy Matikas Santos
MANILA, Philippines—A total of 248,378 crimes were committed in 2011, lower by 23.36 percent compared to 2010 and only half of the total recorded crimes in 2009, the Philippine National Police said.
The total crime volume in 2009 was 502,665 and 324,083 in 2010, according to the PNP’s National Crime Situation summary.
PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr. attributed the declining crime rate to the “strict implementation of police integrated patrol system nationwide.”
Cruz said the presence of police supervisors in barangays (villages) “resulted in resolution of petty crimes and close cooperation of the public and local government units.”
He also cited the PNP’s use of new technology like the “E-blotter and E-warrants, which resulted to more wanted persons jailed.”
The average monthly index crime rate also showed a decreasing trend: 27.52 in 2009, 18.10 in 2010, and 13.62 in 2011, the report said.
Crime solution has shown an increasing trend from 2009 to 2011. In 2011, the crime solution efficiency was 29.31 percent, the highest compared to the recorded 13.21 percent in 2009 and 18.90 percent in 2010.
The number of crimes against person and crimes against property had both shown a decreasing trend.
There were 59,860 crimes against person in 2011, nearly a third of the 143,420 recorded number in 2009. There were 86,036 recorded crimes against person in 2010.
The recorded number of crimes against property was 97,671 in 2011, lower compared to the 158,283 recorded in 2009 and 118,943 in 2010.
Carjacking incidents meanwhile, had shown little change in the January to December period of 2009 to 2011. There were 1,434 car thefts recorded in 2009, 1,440 in 2010, and 1,426 in 2011, according to the report.