PH crimes drop by almost 50% in last 5 years

The Philippine National Police (PNP) reported that the total number of crimes in the country dropped by almost 50 percent over the past 63 months since July 2016.

In a statement on Thursday night, PNP chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said this data is indicated in the National Crime Environment Report derived from the Crime Information Reporting and Analysis System (CIRAS), an electronic crime analytic tool that captures blotter entries and incident reports from all police units and offices across the country.

The data showed that from 2.67 million crimes reported from 2010 to 2015, it went down by 49.6 percent to only 1.36 million from 2016 to September this year.

The data also showed a 67.76 percent decline in index crimes recorded over the same period.

The biggest decline in crimes was posted in Mindanao at 53.81 percent, with 48.42 percent and 45.30 percent in Luzon and Visayas, respectively.

The police force's ability to solve cases also increased for the past five years, which resulted in a Crime Solution Efficiency (CSE) rating of 78.62 percent, a significant increase from the 40.27 percent CSE during the previous five years.

From a total of 1.15 million index crimes from 2010 to 2015, the country has recorded only 373,378 cases from 2016 to September this year.

The same report showed that crime against persons dipped by 64.68 percent, while crime against property declined by 69.91 percent.

Theft, physical injury, and robbery are the three most prevalent crime types during the previous and present five-year periods.

Incidents of physical injury showed an 80.13 percent drop while homicide cases decreased by 55.31 percent.

Robberies, thefts, and vehicle thefts fell by 71.72 percent, 70.85, and 55.46 percent, respectively.

"All these marked improvements in the overall crime picture translate to better security outlook among our people and further adds to upbeat investor confidence that spur economic growth despite the ongoing health crisis,” Eleazar said. 

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