CRIME incidents in Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon have gone down tremendously since police strictly enforced the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the three regions last week, officials said.
In Metro Manila, National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Debold M. Sinas, said they have registered a total of 766 crimes from March 15-20 compared to the 2,367 recorded during the same period in 2019 or a 67.6 percent reduction.
Sinas said that during the period in review, the following cases were recorded: 7 murder, 2 homicide, 11 physical injuries, 5 rape cases, 18 robbery cases, 24 theft incidents, 1 motor vehicle theft and 5 motorcycle theft or a total of 73 Eight Focus Crimes.
During the same period last year, the NCRPO recorded 10 murder cases, 3 homicide, 41 physical injury cases, 23 rape cases, 50 robbery incidents, 68 theft cases, 4 motor vehicle theft and 12 motorcycle theft cases.
The official said they also recorded 414 Non-Index Crimes during the period compared to the 489 total last year and 279 traffic accidents compared to the 1,667 cases in 2019.
In Calabarzon region which comprises the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon, PRO4-A director, Brig. Gen. Vicente D. Danao Jr. said they have recorded more than 70 percent reduction in crimes as they strictly enforced the quarantine program and went after local residents violating the curfew hours or drinking in public even during the wee hours of the day.
Danao said his order for his men is to accost all persons who are outside their homes without any business and see to it that they are advised to return to their respective residences immediately. Those who will refuse and even offer resistance to authorities will be hauled to police precincts across the region, the official said.
In Central Luzon, PRO3 director, Brigadier Gen. Rhodel O. Sermonia said they have recorded an 80.68 percent reduction in crime incidents in the region from March 17-21 compared to the same period in 2019. PRO3 has jurisdiction over the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Bataan, Quirino, Zambales and Aurora.
Sermonia said that they registered 75 incidents, lower by 58 cases or 77.33 percent compared to the figures in 2019. The week also saw the PRO3 recording 88 focus crime cases which is 71 cases less or 80.68 percent down compared to the total crimes during the same period last year.
Sermonia said that from March 3-21, they have recorded a total of 186 focus crimes which is 121 cases less compared to the 307 incidents recorded in 2019 or a 39.41 reduction.
During the period, hundreds of checkpoints were put up by the NCRPO, the PRO4-A and the PRO3 to help arrest the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
" Indeed, there is a massive decrease, a massive reduction. We are observing it kasi nga walang tao sa kalye, walang ganon pero despite everything nanghuhuli pa rin 'yung tao natin ng mga nang-aabuso para po mapigilan sila," Sinas said in comparing their statistics this month to the same period last year.
Sinas said that apart from the heavy presence of the police and the military in the streets, majority of the public in Metro Manila seems to have obeyed calls on them by the government to just stay home so that they won’t catch the virus and become carriers of the highly-communicable disease.
However, Sinas said they are not lowering their guards down and are seeing to it that criminality will be further reduced in the metropolis since there will always be a possibility that criminals will always be taking advantage of any opportunity given to them.
PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa said that all measures are being undertaken by the PNP to help prevent criminality including possible looting that may take place once people start clamoring for more food.
The three police regional offices have been ordered by Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año to help local government units in implementing the quarantine program and ensure that residents will stay in their homes to halt further community transmission of the infectious disease.
Personnel from the three regions are under instruction to accost people loitering in the streets and arrest those who will defy orders for them to return home and even create trouble and try to assault authorities.