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PNP records a consistent decrease in index crimes over the first 56 days of PBBM.

According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), during President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s first 56 days in office, index crimes have been steadily declining in the nation.

PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said the pattern was evident when data from the same time periods at the beginning of prior administrations — 2010 (during the term of former President Benigno Aquino III) and 2016 — were compared (under former President Rodrigo Duterte).

According to him, index crimes are offenses that are sufficiently common and heinous in characters, such as murder, homicide, rape, robbery, theft, kidnapping, and physical injury.

This year, from July 1 to August 25, there were 1,896 theft instances compared to 7,514 in 2016 and 12,773 in 2010, while there were also 579 bodily harm incidents, down from 3,777 in 2016 and 10,208 in 2010.

Similarly, cases of robbery (793 from 3,028 in 2016 and 6,580 in 2010), murder (649 from 2,332 in 2016 and 1,423 in 2010), kidnapping (280 from 1,253 in 2016 and 1,169 in 2010), rape (903 from 1,666 in 2016 and 704 in 2010), and homicide were also on the rise (161 from 345 in 2016 and 614 in 2010).

He claimed that the investigators’ ongoing case and strategy monitoring and follow-up had improved the efficiency of criminal clearance and solution efforts.

“Ang kakayahan ng PNP sa aspeto ng paglutas ng krimen, ang datos ng pagbaba ng krimen, ay patunay din na tumataas. Makikita ninyo sa datos na tumaas ang crime clearing by 94.65 percent at crime solution efficiency by 82.28 percent mula 2010 hanggang sa 2022. (The statistics on the decrease in crime is also evidence that the PNP’s capacity in the area of solving crimes is growing.) You can see from the data that, between 2010 and 2022, crime clearance climbed by 94.65% and crime solution efficiency by 82.28%,” stated Azurin.

In an effort to soothe public anxiety following the reported kidnappings and deaths over the previous few weeks, Azurin earlier stated that the situation for peace and order in the nation is calm.

Azurin also issued a warning to the public about what she called an apparent “sensational rise in social media reporting of some crime situations,” noting that many of them are old cases that PNP units had already classified as solved.

Other alleged criminal instances that were shared on social media were later revealed to be either recycled stories or entirely fictitious. The PNP wants to play a role in educating the public so that they can distinguish between crime hype and genuine crime increases, especially when it comes to crime-related issues.

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