Western Visayas recorded a decline of 18.45 percent in crime incidents in 2021.
Police Regional Office 6 reported that it has recorded 17,710 total crime incidents in the year 2021 which is lower by 4,008 or 18.45% compared to 21, 718 cases in 2020.
The 17,710 incidents in 2021 were registered in the following areas in the region; 4, 278 incidents in Iloilo province; 4,089 in Iloilo City; 3, 552 in Negros Occidental; 1,832 in Capiz; 1,384 in Bacolod City; 1,204 in Aklan; 948 in Antique; and 414 in Guimaras.
Iloilo City recorded the highest decrease in crime incidents last year with 38.8% or 2, 593 incidents from 6, 682 in 2020 to 4,089 in 2021.
Second, Guimaras with 23.61 % or 128 incidents dropped from 542 in 2020 to 414 in 2021.
Third, Aklan with 21.46% or 329 incidents decreased from 1, 533 in 2020 to 1, 204 in 2021.
The eight focus crimes being closely monitored comprise of murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, carnapping: motor vehicle and motorcycle. From 2, 845 cases in 2020 these reduced to 2, 749 in 2021 with a decrease of 3.37% or 96 cases.
PRO 6 attributed the significant reduction of crimes across the region to the regular conduct of Enhanced Managing Police Operations of all concerned units and to the untiring support of the different Local Government Units, Barangay Officials, force multipliers and PNP advocacy support groups.
PRO 6 Director Police Brigadier General Flynn E Dongbo congratulated and commended all Unit Commanders and personnel in successfully reducing crime incidents in their respective areas of responsibility.
“Maraming salamat sa patuloy nyong dedikasyon at sipag para mapanatiling tahimik at mapayapa ang inyong lugar. Pero hindi dito nagtatapos ang ating trabaho, ipagpatuloy at pahusayin pa natin ang ating kampanya kontra kriminalidad. Sa ating mga force multipliers, advocacy support groups, Barangay Officials at Lokal na Pamahalaan maraming salamat sa inyong suporta, sana ipagpatuloy nyo ang inyong malakas na supporta sa inyong Kapulisan. Nakita na natin na mas malaki ang tagumpay na ating makakamtan kung tayo ay nagtutulungan,” said Dongbo. (PIA6-Iloilo)