By Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday it has been dealing with mostly petty crimes in the past 10 months across the country as it continues to project a significant crime reduction as a result of the war on drugs.
Director Augusto Marquez, head of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM), said eight in every 10 crimes reported across the country are so-called Non-Index Crimes, or crime cases that are mostly violation of special laws and other less serious criminal offenses.
Based on the PNP data, Marquez said a total of 452,204 criminal cases were recorded from January to October this year.
Of the figure , a total of 357,639 incidents or 79.08 percent were Non-Index Crime cases while only 94,565 incidents or 20.91 percent were Index Crime cases or serious criminal cases such as homicide, robbery and murder.
Marquez said that they also recorded a total of 139,292 cases of Reckless Imprudence Resulting in Damage to Property, mostly arising from road and industrial accidents.
The figure represents 38.95% percent of the crime volume. A total of 65,838 cases of Reckless Imprudence Resulting in Physical Injury were also reported and represent 18.41% percent of the total number of Non-Index Cases reported.
But Marquez explained that Non-index Crime cases are not accurate indicators of the overall prevailing crime situation.
“It reflects the effectiveness of police operations in the enforcement of special laws, statutes and local ordinances.,” said Marquez.
Another 25.51 percent of Non-Index Crime cases were 91,235 incidents of violation of Special Laws such as RA 9262 (VAWC)-19,593 cases; RA 7610 (child abuse)- 14,592; RA 9165 (illegal drugs)- 36,347; RA 10591 (illegal firearms)- 4,838; PD 705 (illegal logging)-1,338; RA4135 (traffic code)- 4,569; RA9344 (Juvenile Welfare Act)- 1,092; and RA 9287 (illegal gambling)- 9,430.
Included among the Non-Index Crime cases reported in January to October 2017 were 56,020 incidents (15.66%) of other less serious criminal offenses such as Acts of Lasciviousness (3,277), Alarm and Scandal (8,386), Direct Assault (1,845), Estafa (3,266), Threats (4,084), Malicious Mischief (6,043), and Unjust Vexation (2,641).
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