The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) saw a 34.29 percent reduction in crime volume in 2018.
DCPO spokesperson Police Senior Inspector Ma. Teresita Gaspan said, the crime volume recorded in 2018 is 4,978, a 2,598 difference from 7,576 in 2017.
Gaspan credited DCPO’s intensified campaign in fighting against all forms of criminality.
“Our maximum police visibility in all areas in Davao City is also one of the reason why the crime volume lowered down,” she said during the AFP-PNP press conference on Wednesday at the Royal Mandaya Hotel.
She also said the intensified information dissemination in the different communities in helped the reduction of crimes in the city.
“This caused a chilling effect to others who planned on committing a crime,” Gaspan said.
According to DCPO’s Index Crime Distribution for 2018, theft has the most recorded number of incidents with 390 (34 percent), followed by physical injury with 290 (25 percent), then rape with 174 (15 percent), robbery with 153 (13 percent), murder with 94 (eight percent), motornapping with 30 (three percent), homicide with 12 (one percent) and carnapping with 5 (one percent).
Index Crime Break Down Comparison shows that crimes except motornapping reduced in 2018. Motornapping from last year increased with 30 cases, from 2017’s 20.
Gaspan said that most reported motornapping incidents were due to stolen while unattendedly parked, while others are borrowed but unsurrended.
She said that the DCPO will coordinate with the different motorcycle companies to discuss regarding this matter.