The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reported a decline in the total crime volume (TCV) nationwide, supposedly due to a strengthened campaign against drugs, criminality and corruption.
In a statement, the PNP said the TCV was down by 7.18 percent, with only 28,235 crimes from January to August 2017, according to data from the PNP’s Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) Crime Research and Analysis Center (CRAC).
The crime volume is the total number of index and non-index crimes committed on a period.
For index crime volume, or crimes such as carnapping, cattle rustling, murder, homicide, physical injury, homicide, theft, robbery, and rape, there was a significant drop of 21.3 percent, with only 20,675 crimes nationwide from January to August 2017.
In the National Capital Region, index crime data went down to 12,631 crimes from 15,027 recorded on the same period of 2016.
DIDM said non-index crimes was reduced by 7,560 or 2.25 percent compared to the 296,444 non-index crimes of the same quarters last year.
The DIDM explained non-index crimes include violation of special laws such as illegal drugs, violation against women and children, child abuse, traffic code, firearms, illegal gambling, illegal logging, juvenile act, and illegal fishing.
Other non-index crimes are threat, alarm and scandal, malicious mischief, estafa, acts of lasciviousness, unjust vexation, direct assault, adultery, abortion, and arson.