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PH crime rate down in 6 months

The Philippine National Police yesterday announced a significant down trend in crime volume over the last six months this year.

PNP chief Director General Ronald M. dela Rosa noted that the decline in index crime incidents was a direct effect of aggressive anti-drug operations.

Chief Supt. Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, PNP director for operations, expressed optimism that the crime volume will continue to simmer as the PNP intensifies police operations against drug-related criminal activities in the succeeding months.

From a high of 52,950 registered in January 2016, the total crime volume steadily dipped by 13 percent through the first and second quarters of the year with only 46,060 crime incidents in June 2016.

In the PNP’s assessment, Cascolan said the ongoing two-pronged national anti-drug campaign under “Project Double Barrel” is expected to further boost the overall anti-crime effort, citing the correlation of drug use to other forms of index crime involving crimes against persons and crimes against property.

Over the last 21 days since Project Double Barrel was implemented last July 1, the PNP recorded 3,228 arrested drug personalities in separate police operations by local and national PNP units. (Francis T. Wakefield)