THE crime rate in Metro Manila is significantly declining despite a recent Social Weather Stations survey which showed that some 1.8 million Filipinos fell victim to common crimes in the last six months, National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday said.
“Ang trend natin ay pagbaba ng krimen. Yun pong pag-fluctuate basically expected po ‘yan,” he said.
According to Eleazar, the crime rate in the NCR actually dropped to 54 percent during the first 30 months of the Duterte administration compared to the last 30 months of the Aquino government.
Eleazar said that when it comes to the eight Focus Crimes which they want to effectively address as ordered by Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, they have registered a negative 7.52 percent reduction during the last quarter of 2018 compared to 2018’s third quarter.
He said there were 149 cases of murder recorded during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the 175 during the third quarter or a reduction of 25 or -14.86 percent. AD
The other crimes recorded during the fourth quarter of 2018 are the following: homicide: 64 from 63; physical injuries: 895 from 905; rape: 258 from 280; robbery: 567 from 648; theft: 1,312 from 1,452; car theft: 37 from 54; motorcycle theft: 186 from 173.
Eleazar added that they solved 2,004 of the total crimes during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the 2,155 cases they solved in the third quarter of the same year.