Trapik ang dahilan? Iloilo crime spikes nearly 40 percent

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Crime in Iloilo province spiked by almost 40 percent in the first seven months of this year, according to the Philippine National Police’s Enhanced E-Blotter or the Crime Incident Reporting and Analysis System (CIRAS).

CIRAS figures showed a 39.62% increase in the Total Crime Volume from 2,759 cases in January to July 2018 against 3,852 incidents in the same period this year.

This brought the Average Monthly Crime Rate (AMCR) up by 38.62% from 19.49% in 2018 to 27% this year (

Provincial police said traffic incidents are a major factor for the spike – 1,926 cases were recorded from January to Juluy, 1,001 more than the same period last year.

“This happened because some traffic incidents were previously not encoded to the CIRAS but during validation, it was found out that some of which have crime elements. In order to generate a more accurate and reliable information, all traffic incidents are already encoded in 2019,” the IPPO said.

Meanwhile, the IPPO recorded a Crime Clearance Efficiency of 75.6 percent, an 11-percent drop from the 84.95 percent in the same period last year.

It also recorded a 9.22-percent decline in Crime Solution Efficiency (CSE) from 76.33% in January to July 2018 to 69.29% in the same period this year.