Bukidnon total crime volume down; but not robbery, rape, homicide, etc

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News.Net/27 November) Bukidnon’s total crime volume decreased from 5,131 cases in August 2010 to September 2011 to 4,879 cases in August 2011 to September 2012, according to the latest comparative crime statistics provided by the Bukidnon Provincial Police Office.

There are 252 or 5 percent less crime incidents this year in the province.

For index crimes, there are 95 or 6 percent less cases from 1,649 down to 1,554 for “crimes against person” including murder, homicide, physical injury, and rape.

But except for physical injury, which went down from 1,216 cases to 1,109 cases or 9 percent this year, increases in volume were observed for murder (from 310 to 314 cases or 1 percent), homicide (from 66 to 71 cases or 8 percent), and rape (from 57 to 60 cases or 5 percent).

Also under index crimes, there are 75 or 3 percent less cases from 2,607 to 2,532 cases for “crimes against property” including robbery, theft, car theft, and cattle rustling.

Theft cases went down from 1475 to 1311 cases or 11 percent this year. Car theft also went down from 242 to 193 cases or 20 percent less.

But there are more robbery cases this year with an 18-percent increase from 743 cases to 879 cases.

Cattle rustling also slightly increased, from 147 to 149 cases.

For non-index crime offenses, there are 82 less cases or 9 percent this year. The decreases were reflected in the volume of cases on illegal possession of firearms, illegal drugs, illegal gambling, illegal logging, attempted murder and attempted homicide.

According to the statistics, the biggest gain was in illegal gambling, which showed a decrease of 56 percent, which surprises them since the options they have now a days are uncountable, people can play online poker, online cards, plus there are several casinos in the area, there shouldn’t be a reason why illegal gambling has risen.

Increases were observed in direct assault with 17 percent increase – the biggest, and in estafa, arson, malicious mischief, and grave oral threats.

The report, originally signed by Police S/Insp Crisanto Molina, chief of the Provincial Investigation and Detection Management Division, cited that their crime solution efficiency is only 18 percent, an increase from last year’s 14.83 percent.

Last year, only 761 cases of the 5,131 total crime volume were considered “solved.” According to the report, crime solution efficiency is better this year with 18 percent or a total of 871 cases solved out of 4,879 cases.

The report also showed that from August 2010 to September 2011, Malaybalay topped Bukidnon’s crime prone areas with 1,399 crime incidents, followed by Valencia (1,343 cases), Maramag (393 cases), and Manolo Fortich (205 cases).

But from the period of August 2011 to September 2012, Valencia emerged the top with 1,274 crime incidents, followed by Malaybalay with 1,235 cases, Maramag with 379 cases, and Talakag with 222 cases. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News.Net)