Thursday, 10 April 2008

Crime rate down in Philippines -- PNP

By Alcuin Papa
Philippine Daily Inquirer
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20080410-129606/Crime-rate-down-in-Philippines----PNP

MANILA, Philippines -- The number of crimes around the country declined in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year, the Philippine National Police said Thursday.

PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Nicanor Bartolome told reporters in Camp Crame that the total crime volume in the first three months of the year went down by 6.44 percent compared to that in 2007.

The PNP recorded 16,653 crime incidents during this period against 17,800 in 2007.

Bartolome attributed the decrease to the programs of the PNP, including increased police visibility and the “downloading” of PNP personnel from desk jobs to street patrols.

“The efforts of the PNP to further reduce crime incidents through increased police visibility, downloading of more personnel for patrol duty, equipment upgrade and community support are all paying off,” Bartolome said.

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