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Bacolod recorded 34.6% crime dip – BCPO

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The number of crimes in Bacolod City declined by 34.59 percent from January to November this year, the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) said.

Data showed that 1,715 crimes were recorded in the first 11 months of 2019. The figure is lower by 907 incidents from last year’s 2,622.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said there is indeed a substantial decrease in the city’s crime volume.

“This is practically a 35-percent decrease, which is more than one-third of the crimes last year,” added Leonardia.

As of November 2019, index crimes or crimes against persons and property have dropped by 44.03 percent or 258 incidents. (https://bit.ly/2PD7mL4)

Index crimes include murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, carnapping, and motorcycle theft.

Non-index crimes, which include reckless imprudence to resulting in homicide, physical injuries and damage to property, and violations of special laws, among others, on one hand, were down by 31.88 percent or 649 incidents.

“Compared to other places, we are still, I believe, comparatively peaceful, but isolated cases can happen,” Leonardia said.