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64% five-year drop for crimes

I believe that one of the effective ways of crime prevention is to ensure that people who violate our laws are arrested and held accountable.

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The aggressive law enforcement operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP), including the campaign against illegal drugs and the massive increase in efficiency of solving crimes, led to a 64 percent reduction in crime in the country in the past five years.

General Guillermo Eleazar, PNP chief, said crime prevention and the efficiency in solving crime serve as the barometer of the success of the police force in accomplishing their mandate of maintaining peace and order and protecting the public from criminal and terrorist elements.

The PNP’s Crime Solution Efficiency (CSE) of the PNP increased by 85.94 percent, while Crime Clearance Efficiency (CCE) went up to 80.87 percent from July 2016 to June 2021 compared to July 2010 to June 2015.

CSE refers to the percentage of solved cases out of the total number of crime incidents for a given period of time. A case is considered solved if the offender has been arrested and a criminal complaint has been filed.

CCE is the percentage of cleared cases out of the total number of crime incidents. The case is considered cleared if the offender, or if there are several offenders, at least one of the offenders, has been identified; and a criminal complaint has been filed against him/them, regardless whether he, or none of them, was arrested.

The PNP recorded a 48.89 percent increase in CSE from July 2016 to June 2021 compared to 26.29 percent from July 2010 to June 2021. This means an 85.94 percent increase in CSE.

From only 37.81 percent from July 2010 to June 2015, PNP data disclosed the CCE went up to 68.40 percent from July 2016 to June 2021, or an 80.87 percent increase.

Eleazar said, “This means that we have held more criminals accountable in the last five years. This is what we really focus on because I believe that one of the effective ways of crime prevention is to ensure that people who violate our laws are arrested and held accountable.”

Aside from the significant increase in CSE and CCE, he said the significant drop in focus crimes is a clear indication the PNP’s strategy in crime prevention is working well.
Based on the PNP data, a total of 1,113,712 focus crimes were recorded from July 2010 to June 2015. This went down to only 395,920 focus crimes from July 2015 to June 2021, for a 64.45 percent reduction.

Focus crimes include murder, homicide, rape, physical injury, robbery, theft and carnapping of motor vehicles.

With almost all Filipinos going online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly on social media, Eleazar initiated web-based platforms that include E-Sumbong, which uses even Facebook in reporting crime and seeking police assistance, and Project E-ACCESS through the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group, which gives netizens access to information regarding cellular phone numbers, e-mails and social media accounts that are being used for illegal online activities.

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