Saturday, March 21, 2015

Index crimes in Dagupan dips in 1st quarter--PNP


DAGUPAN CITY, Mar 20 (PIA) – The Philippine National Police in Dagupan said index crimes in the first quarter of 2015 plunged compared to the same period last year. Non-index crimes, however, soared high.
Supt. Cris Abrahano (2nd from left), chief of police of Dagupan City

Index crimes include murder, homicide, robbery, theft and physical injury. Non-index crimes on the other hand, include the enforcement of programs on anti-illegal drugs and firearms use, among others.

Police Supt . Christopher Abrahano, Dagupan City police chief, reported on Thursday that index crimes from January to March registered at 25 or 38 percent lower from last year’s record of 40 crimes for the same period. Non-index crimes, however, rose to 53 from last year’s 38 registering a 37 percent increase.

Abrahano was quick to explain that the increase in non-index crimes does not mean policemen did not do their duties well.

“In police par lance, it (increase) is an indication of the very strong enforcement of the law by the police force,” Abrahano said during the first quarter meeting of the City Peace and Order Council held at the City Museum.

A more detailed data revealed that most index crimes went down except for carnapping cases. Murder cases went down by 75 percent from eight to two; physical injury from six to three; robbery from 14 to 11; theft  from 10 to five and zero for homicide. Carnapping cases doubled from last year’s two to this year’s four.

The Dagupan PNP also presented a clock analysis on the peak time and days where crimes are usually committed. Robbery usually happens from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays while theft and physical injury are usually recorded on Saturdays and Sundays from late afternoon to 9 p.m. Carnapping usually occur from 9 am to 12 noon during Sundays.

“Index crimes usually happen during weekends starting on Friday until Sunday so we caution the public to be extra watchful during weekends,” he said.

The presentation indicated that most of the reported crimes occur in the central business district. Barangays 1, 2 and 3  registered the highest number of crimes at 31 followed by Brgy. Pantal at 27 and Brgy. Bonuan Gueset at 26.

Barangays Mayombo and Tapuac both registered 16 while Brgy. Lucao listed 13.
Abrahano spelled the police force’s practices that resulted to the decrease of crime incidence. This include the partnership with the Land Transportation Office, Bando Publiko, Outer Ring Security, K –Pulis Program (Kaagapay at Kaibigan), and the Pulis CART or Community Assistance and Referral Team.

PNP also cited the big contribution  of the force multipliers that resulted to the quick apprehension of crime perpetrators. (MCA/VHS/PIA-1/Pangasinan)

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