Bacolod crimes drop by 27% in May

By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD City – The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) recorded a significant decrease of 32 cases or 26.89 percent in crime incidents last month, compared to May 2021.

Based on the data provided by the BCPO to the media yesterday, 87 incidents were recorded this year against 119 incidents last year, covering the said period.

The city police force also noted a 33.33 percent drop in the index crimes or crimes against person or property, from 24 incidents last year to 16 incidents this year.

Non-index crimes, or violation of special laws, also decreased by 25.26 percent from 95 cases in 2021 to only 71 cases in 2022.

For the Average Monthly Crime Rate (AMCR), the BCPO said that it decreased by 26.89 from 19.45 in May 2021 to 14.22 in 2022.

Apparently, there was a decrease in the over-all Crime Solution Efficiency (suspects arrested and cases filed) from 94.12 percent in 2021 to 68.97 percent in 2022.

However, it surpassed the BCPO target set at 66.41 percent set by the higher office.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Sherlock Gabana, BCPO public information officer, said the decrease in crime incidents may be attributed to the intensified police-initiated operations and crime prevention measures conducted by the various police units of BCPO.

The regular conduct of Enhanced Managing Police Operations (EMPO) also helped discuss, address and apply appropriate and target-specific interventions in the reduction of crime incidents especially the index crimes of the eight focus crimes here.

With this development, Police Colonel Thomas Joseph Martir, BCPO director reiterated his reminder to all personnel to step up in the fight against all forms of criminality.

Crime prevention has always been a top priority of the BCPO as it continues to make Bacolod City more peaceful and orderly, Martir said.

Thus, the BCPO vows to work together with a responsive community, as it encouraged everyone to keep supporting the efforts of the local police.