LINGAYEN- - -The number of crimes committed in Pangasinan went down in the first five months of this year as compared to the same period in 2013.
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provincial director of Pangasinan.
This was reported by Senior Superintendent Sterling Raymund Blanco before members of the provincial board headed by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. during the question hour conducted last June 2’s regular session.
The PNP director said that they recorded 8,054 crimes from January to May this year, lower by 1,087 incidents recorded in the same period last year.
He also said the index crimes were recorded at 3,952, lower by 291 from the 2013 record. The figure represents 2,638 cases of crimes against persons and 1,314 against property.
Moreover, Blanco cited that a total of 106 shootings perpetrated by motorcycle-riding men were recorded in the last five months while plain shooting was at 71. Of this number, 55 cases were solved while 51 remain under investigation.
The PNP reported an increase in robberies with 94 cases, higher by 40 in 2013. About 27 cases were solved.
With regards to the campaign against loose firearms, a total of 66 operations were launched that resulted in the arrest of 76 persons and seizure of 73 assorted firearms and ammunition. About 455 wanted persons were arrested from January to May.
The Pangasinan police campaign against illegal drugs resulted in the arrest of 213 pushers and users and the seizure of shabu and marijuana.
Blanco made an appeal to the members of the media to verify first their data before presenting their reports to the public to avoid negative impression that Pangasinan’s peace and order has worsened.
The PNP director vowed to support the vision of the provincial government under the leadership of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. to make Pangasinan the best place to live, work, invest and raise a family through a peaceful and orderly community.