CRIME incidence in the country during the past 150-days of community quarantine has gone down by 49 percent, Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander, Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar announced yesterday.
The reduced crime rate was attributed to the stepped-up police visibility ordered by Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa and the full cooperation of majority of the public which decided to just stay home during the period wherein the Joint Task Force COVID Shield strictly implemented health protocols specifically the wearing of face masks, curfew hours, social distancing and other measures to prevent the spread of the deadly unseen virus.
According to Lt. Gen. Eleazar, the daily crime average for Eight Focus Crimes in the country went down from 168 to 86 during the first 150 days of the implementation of the community quarantine, or an almost 50 percent reduction compare to the 150-day period before the implementation of the strict measures to address the spread of the killer virus.
The Eight Focus Crimes are Murder, Homicide, Physical Injury, Rape, Robbery, Theft, Carnapping of Motorcycles and Carnapping of Motor Vehicles.
Based on the JTF COVID Shield data, a total of 25,200 criminal activities were recorded from October 19 to March 16 compared to 12,847 from March 17 to August 13, or a reduction from 168/day to 86/day, or a decrease by 49 percent.
The Visayas region recorded the most in the reduction of crime at 52 percent, or from 6,447 to 3,115. Luzon has 49 percent reduction, or from 13,410 to 6,778; followed by Mindanao with 44 percent reduction or from 5,313 to 2,954.
Eleazar said carnapping of motor vehicles and theft of motorcycles registered the biggest decline at 71 percent or from 182 cases to 53 cases and 69 percent or from 1,615 cases to 498 respectively.
Robbery cases dropped from 3,874 cases to 1,431 cases or a 63 percent decline while theft cases were reduced from 8,334 to 3,177 or a 62 percent reduction.
Cases of physical injury meanwhile registered a 38 percent decline, or from 4,357 to 2,690 while there was a reduction of 28 percent on rape cases, from 3,584 to 2,572.
For homicide, Eleazar said there was a 28 percent reduction (from 663 to 477) while murder cases dropped by 25 percent, or from 2,591 to 1,949.
Lt. Gen. Eleazar attributed the significant decline to the visibility of policemen on checkpoints and in the community in the enforcement of the quarantine rules. He added that the strict implementation of curfew through the ordinances of the Local Government Units is also a big help.
“Our Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), General Archie Francisco Gamboa also made sure that our regular law enforcement functions will not be sacrificed even if a number of police personnel were deployed to perform duties related to the prevention of the spread of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19),” he said.
Eleazar said the continuous focus on crime prevention is manifested by a number of operations against illegal drug personalities, operations to arrested wanted persons, dismantling of criminal syndicates and the daily call for assistance to respond to criminal activities.
“While the community quarantine has caused a lesser opportunity for the criminal elements to strike, your PNP made sure that those who are allowed to go out to work and buy essential goods are also protected with our police visibility and strategic community deployment,” he explained.
“We are also actively monitoring the activities in every community with the help of our force multipliers down to the barangay level,” he added.