QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Ormoc City was named the safest city in the country based on research conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Research and Analysis Center for the first quarter of 2018.
Ormoc City in Leyte Province recorded only 134 crime incidents followed by Cotabato City in Maguindanao and Puerto Princesa City in Palawan with 220 and 227, respectively.
PSSupt. Noel Sandoval, Chief of the PNP’s Crime Research and Analysis Center, believes one factor that contributes to the low crime rate in the said areas is the active involvement of police and residents within the community.
“Nare-record kase nag-report sa pulis. Pero kung hindi sila nagpunta sa pulis, hindi sila mare-record,” Sandoval said.
(They report [crimes] to the police that’s why it gets recorded. If they don’t go to the police, there would be no record of the crime.)
Meanwhile, Quezon City has the highest number of crimes with 12,252 in the first quarter of the year. Manila followed next with 7,066 and Cebu with 3,703. Sandoval said the higher crime rate is expected in cities with a greater population.
“Mas maraming crime incident na nangyayari sa isang lugar na mas mataas ang population kasi nga maraming tao. Mas malaki ang crime opportunity ng mga criminal,” Sandoval said.
(Incidence of crime is higher in densely populated areas. Criminals have bigger crime opportunities.)
Based on the record, Quezon City has the least number of solved crime cases at only 43.08% followed by Manila at 50.41% and Malabon at 51.05%.
Sandoval said they will send reminders to police officers in areas with the higher crime rate and order them to take actions on the matter. – Asher Cadapan Jr.
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