Zambo crime volume dips in May—police PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 09:07

By VIC LARATO

The Zamboanga City Police Office under City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro reported Monday that the city’s crime volume had significantly dropped by 16.4% during the second week of this summer month of May.

Citing the police blotter for the first two weeks of this month, Supt. Casimiro told the press in City Hall that the city’s crime volume of 250 incidents from May 4-10 dropped to 209 incidents the following week (May 11-17), less 41 incidents or 16.4%.

The city likewise registered 34.36% less index crime from 108 incidents in the first week of May to 37 incidents a week later. Index crimes are those committed against persons.

Casimiro further reported 141 non-index crimes (committed against property) from May 4-10, but the volume reduced to 138 incidents from May 11-17 or 3 crimes (13.3%) less.

The city police director, however, explained that most of the index crimes were reckless imprudence resulting in physical injuries. He said 6 rape cases were reported in the first week and 1 a week after.

According to Casimiro, the crimes against properties such as robbery and theft with 50 and 32 incidents in the first and second weeks, respectively, were committed mostly by internally displaced persons (IDFPs) in different transitory sites.

However, he was confident that such social problems caused by the Zamboanga siege in 2013 will further reduced in the coming weeks as the IDPs condition has normalized with the different social interventions implemented by government and non-government agencies.

The reduced crime volume in May, Casimiro said, gave the local police a crime solution efficiency rate of 36.80% and a crime clearance efficiency rate of 38.80% for the covered weeks. — Vic Larato