MANILA — The number of crimes against property in the National Capital Region (NCR) dipped significantly during the week of March 9-15, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. said on Thursday.
Cerbo said the PNP headquarters noted an average 25 percent decline in theft and robbery cases in all the five police districts of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) during the seven-day period.
The NCRPO covers the Southern Police District (SPD), Eastern Police District (EPD), Northern Police District (NPD), Manila Police District (MPD) and Quezon City Police District (QCPD)).
According to a report from the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM), 310 incidents in Metro Manila were recorded from March 9 to 15 as compared with the 405 incidents during the previous week (March 2–8).
The Manila Police District recorded the highest decrease in serious crimes — from 100 incidents in the previous week to 64 incidents last week.
MPD is followed by Quezon City Police District with a total of 108 incidents in the past week compared with 138 incidents last March 2-8.
PNP officer-in-charge PDDG Leonardo Espina said that the decreasing crime trend is a pay-off from the PNP Oplan “Lambat-Sibat” launched by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.
“This is the result of the effective and efficient implementation of increased checkpoints, mobile and beat patrols, and intensified serving of arrest warrants, to include the deployment of police officers in densely populated areas, including malls, train stations and terminals,” Espina added.
Oplan “Lambat-Sibat” is a system that uses crime data management and interpretation, which helps the PNP in the strategic deployment of police personnel in densely populated areas in the NCR.
Through “Oplan Lambat-Sibat,” the 38 police stations within the National Capital Region (NCR) have increased the number of checkpoint areas, conducted Oplan Bulabog, Oplan Katok, Oplan Bakal/Sita and intensified the serving of arrest warrants.
From 793 incidents on June 16, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015, crimes against property gradually have decreased every week until these days in NCR, according to the PNP.