The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) recorded 49.45 percent decrease in crime volume in the metropolis covering the period of Aug. 24-30 this year compared to same period last year.
There were 27 non-index crimes and 19 index crimes this year compared to 48 non-index crimes and 43 index crimes during the same period last year.
“The decrease in crime volume is continuous. This can be attributed to the police visibility around the city, campaign against illegal drugs, implementation of search warrant and saturation drive every night. These factors discouraged would-be criminals to commit a crime,” ICPO operations chief Supt. Jowel Saliba said.
ICPO conducted five buy-bust operations which resulted to confiscation of 22 sachets of suspected shabu, .38 caliber revolver with six ammunition and one M26 hand grenade. They also conducted 59 checkpoints and 34 saturation drives.
Saliba also noted a significant drop in physical injuries to only seven cases this year, which is lower by 73 percent from 26 cases last year.
Index crimes include murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, carnapping of motor vehicle, and cattle rusting.
Non-index crimes include traffic incident, violation of special laws, and others such as unjust vexation and alarm and scandal. (Merianne Grace Ereñeta/Iloilo City PIO)