Crime rate in Metro down during Undas


    THE National Capital Region Police Office has noted a 28 percent decrease in the overall crime rate in Metro Manila during the Undas holiday this year as compared to last year.

    In an interview over dzMM on Saturday night, NCRPO Director Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas said that from October 28 to November 1 there were 119 crimes committed in the metropolis as compared to 165 during the same period in 2018.

    He said this translated to a 28 percent decrease that he attributed to public awareness of the crime prevention measures put in place by the police during the holidays.

    Sinas said the only crime that saw a 25 percent increase was murder, with four in 2018 to five this year.

    Sinas said there were four homicide cases last year compared to only three this year for a 25 percent decrease, while physical injuries cases went down by as much as 46 percent, from 35 incidents reported last year to 19 this year.

    Rape cases went down by 71 percent, with 21 cases in 2018 to six this year; robbery cases also decreased by 22 percent, from 37 last year to 29 this year; while theft cases dropped by 10 percent with 52 cases last year as against 47 this year.

    Theft of a motor vehicle declined by 50 percent as there was only one reported case this year as against two last year while theft of motorcycle also went down by 20 percent, with 10 reported last year compared to eight this year.

    Sinas said his men will continue to man public transport terminals up to today, November 4, to ensure the safety of the public returning from the provinces.

    PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said the commemoration of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day was generally peaceful nationwide.

    He said police forces will now shift back to their job of keeping communities safe.

    “The PNP thanks the public for their cooperation in maintaining discipline and order in all places of convergence,” Banac said.