Crime rate increase in Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 15,257 crimes were recorded in Metro Manila for the second quarter of the year, up by 9.18 percent compared to the 13,974 cases listed in the first three months of 2012.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Alan Purisima tasked the 38 station and 173 precinct commanders to deal with the problem.

“It’s now up to the station and precinct commanders on how they will address the crime situation as they are aware of the peculiarities of the problem in their areas,” said Purisima during a staff meeting yesterday at the NCRPO headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

The rise in crime rates has prompted Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo to order Purisima to carry out “drastic” anti-crime strategies.

“All concerned Philippine National Police officers in Metro Manila had been required to submit their local anti-crime campaign such as mapping of crime-prone areas in their areas of responsibility, types and time of crimes being committed, appropriate police action to be taken, and accurate crime reporting, among others,” he said.

Robredo said the NCRPO will initiate community-based crime prevention activities, which include increased police visibility, deployment of motorcycle-riding police officers, having police officers walk the beat, setting up checkpoints or chokepoints, deployment of secret marshals, and night watch operations in coordination with barangay officials in crime-prone areas.

Of the 15,257 crimes reported from April to June, 9,259 are index crimes, with thefts at 36.7 percent; robberies, including those by motorcycle-riding perpetrators, at 27.5 percent and physical injury at 24.4 percent.

Of the 13,974 crime incidents in the first quarter of the year, 9,259 are index crimes while 4,715 are non-index crimes.
The Manila Police District recorded the most number of crimes with 4,073, closely followed by the Southern Police District at 4,047 cases.

The Quezon City Police District came in third with 3,692 crimes, the Northern Police District with 2,077 and the Eastern Police District (EPD) with the fewest at 1,368 cases.

– By Non Alquitran and Cecille Suerte Felipe (Philstar News Service, www.philstar.com)

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