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Jul 12, 2017

A Closer Look at the Crime Statistics So Far

The gang truce has had success in the city, so much so that murder statistics have gone down in the Old Capital as well as in the rest of the country since the beginning of the year. But while major crimes are down, there is an issue with convictions. On Tuesday, the police high command released figures for the first half of the year. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

There has been a marginal reduction in murders across the country.  From January to June of this year, a total of seventy murders have been recorded.  That’s a slight decrease when compared to the first half of 2016.  Arrests for murder have only increased by one in contrast to last year.  Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie presented the biennial figures during a press brief on Tuesday.

 

Allen Whylie

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“The statistics that was released show that in terms of major incidents for murders, show that from January to June 2016, we had seventy-three compared to 2017 where we had seventy at that time.  In terms of rape, it showed in 2016 up to the end of January we had ten cases, where at the end of June 2017 we had eight cases.  In terms of robbery, it showed that we had ninety-eight cases of robbery in 2016, compared to ninety-two cases in 2017.  In terms of burglary, it showed that we had two hundred and eighty-nine cases, compared to three hundred and twenty-nine at the end of June 2017.  And in terms of theft, it showed that we had fifty-one cases reported at the end of June 2016, compared to thirty-four cases at the end of June 2017.  That total, in terms of major incidents, showed that at the end of June 2016, you had one thousand and seventy cases reported as compared to the end of June 2017 when we had eight hundred and sixty-six cases reported, which again shows a reduction in reported cases of major incidents.  That statistics also revealed a number of arrests in respect to those various incidents of crime.  Again, it showed that comparative June 2016 to June 2017, there is an increase in the number of arrests in the various categories of crimes.  That release also showed what we have done in terms of our drug interdiction efforts and it also showed the number of firearms ceased.  We’ve ceased seventy firearms at this time compared to ninety of last year.”

 

Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, with direct responsibility for the daily operations of the police department, Elodio Aragon Jr., outlined what will be done to combat crime in the weeks ahead.

 

Elodio Aragon Jr.

Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of State, Police

“We are working on a strategic plan, it‘s been some time now that we have not unveiled this because the mere fact that some of the reforms that we are doing, the legislative reforms take time.  We‘re working on an anti-gang legislation, along with we have also a witness anonymity act that we want to introduce and legislate and these things take time because we have to go through the process of what will be presented or what is being asked to be enacted in law meets with the constitution, meets with what is required and will give us the impact that we are looking for.”

 

Despite the improvements being made in the areas of serious crimes and arrests, the police department is still bogged by a poor conviction rate. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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