Pangasinan PNP reports 20% decrease in crime volume

EFFECTIVENESS OF OPLAN RODY

CRIME volume in Pangasinan has decreased by 20 percent since the implementation of Oplan RODY (Rid the Streets of Drunkards and Youth) two weeks ago.

This was determined by the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) in its evaluation of volume of reported crimes.

P/Chief Inspector Norman Florentino, PPPO community relations officer, told the KBP Forum that from June 1 to 13, or the last two weeks prior to Oplan RODY implementation, there were 550 total crime volume or crime incidents that happened across the province.

“From June 16 to 27, crime incidents reported were 440, lower by 110, or 20 percent less across Pangasinan,” Florentino said.

He said most of the incidents that decreased were crimes against persons, from 40 to 19 only from June 16-27 with 52.50 percent drop while crimes against property were down from 34 to 22, or 35.39 percent decrease.

Non-index crimes like vehicular traffic incidents also decreased, from 340 to 224 only or 26.32 percent drop, he added.

P/Sr. Superintendent Supt. Wilson Lopez, newly-appointed officer-in-charge police director, said 890 individuals (465 were minors) were invited by the police during the Oplan RODY or anti-tambay implementation (from June 13-26, ) which has been renamed as “anti-criminality operation”.

Most of those invited were minors who violated curfew hours, he added.

“If they have no criminal intent, or were not planning to commit a crime, then they have nothing to be afraid of if they are invited by the police,” Lopez said.

He pointed out that only existing ordinances of various local government units aimed at deterring commission of crimes are enforced.

Of the 44 towns and four cities in Pangasinan, 23 towns and one city have ordinances relative to anti-Tambay while 21 others do not have, Florentino said.

He said there are some barangays however that have existing ordinances on anti-tambay which were used as the basis for the implementation of this anti-criminality operation. (Eva Visperas)

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