CRIME incidents in the province have decreased by 2.84 percent, according to a report from the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO).
P/Maj. Exzur Relatado, provincial operations and plans branch chief, cited the data during the 2nd District Command Conference last Tuesday.
Relatado said 15,084 incidents were recorded from January 1 to October 31 last year compared to 14,656 cases this year to date, or 428 incidents less under the watch of P/Col. Redrico Maranan as provincial director.
He attributed the decrease to the strategy adopted that focused on eight crimes: theft, physical injury, rape, robbery, murder, homicide, carnapping of motorcycles, and carnapping of motorized vehicles.
Specifically, theft cases decreased by 204, physical injuries by 79, rape down by six, robbery by 58 cases, murder minus 24, homicide by 4, motorcycle theft by 37, while carnapping of other motorized vehicles was down by 5.
The arrest and neutralization of several suspects in the province, including the arrest of seven members of an akyat-bahay syndicate, and armed encounter of a notorious robber in Rosales, resulted in the significant decrease of theft cases while the arrest of the leader of a carnapping group, contributed to the notable decrease in carnapping incidents.
Meanwhile, the number of vehicular traffic incidents this year was only 5,304 compared to last year’s 7,361 incidents or a 27.94% decrease.
In those vehicular accidents, 159 died and 128 of whom were not wearing helmets; 2,791 suffered injuries and cited reckless driving as the most common causes (32%); 12% due to drunk driving, 11% for over-speeding, 10% for bad turning, while 8% were from wrong-way driving.
He said the intensified Oplan Sita and checkpoint operations throughout the province contributed greatly to the decrease in vehicular accidents.
From PPPO’s 50,935 operations, 67,241 apprehensions of various traffic violations were made; 2,966 motorcycles were impounded, while 59,585 traffic citation tickets have been issued.
Maranan said Pangasinan PNP under his watch will continue to intensify its operations, in order to continuously improve the peace and order in the province. (Ahikam Pasion)
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