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PNP records 17% drop in Metro Manila crime incidents

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PNP records 17% drop in Metro Manila crime incidents
Armed with yantoks, members of the Southern Police District roam around Barangay Baclaran in Parañaque City on Monday night, March 15, 2021, to remind the public of the strict implementation of the unified curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The STAR / Miguel de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines — With Metro Manila under strict quarantine rules, the National Capital Region Police Office registered a sharp decline in focus crime cases over the past 14 months, it said Thursday.

In a press release, the Philippine National Police said that the latest NCR Crime Statistics recorded a total of 109,079 focus crimes from November 10, 2020, to January 23, 2022. 

Strict implementation of pandemic protocols has been a significant aspect of the national government's pandemic response. Security officials have arrested people holding feeding programs and relief drives in the name of enforcing quarantine protocols.

"A 16.9% drop from the 131,230 incidents covering the period of September 5, 2019 to November 9, 2020," the NCRPO said in the release. 

The focus crimes include homicide, physical injury, robbery, theft, vehicle theft, motorcycle theft, and rape. Among these incidents were:

  • Physical Injuries posted the biggest reduction of 42% from 1,934 to 934;
  • Robbery with 22% drop;
  • Theft with 16% decrease.

In the earlier days of the pandemic-induced community quarantines, well-documented cases of human rights violations piled up as fully-armed cops sought to arrest the spread of the coronavirus. 

Police Maj. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., chief of the NCRPO, attributed the downtrend to the "trust and confidence of the public through their support and cooperation" to the programs of the PNP in the fight against all forms of criminality. 

“These forms of criminality saw a significant drop because of the partnership that our police personnel built with the communities. The locals learned to be more proactive in reporting potential threats so they can be suppressed even before a crime can happen,” Police Gen. Dionardo Carlos, PNP chief also said.

Carlos posed this challenge to PNP personnel to maintain the strategies that produced results in the anti-criminality campaign.

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