MANILA - Quezon City had the most number of crimes and the least number of cases solved in the country in the first 4 months of 2018, data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed.
The data, cited in a study by the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management's (DIDM) Crime Research and Analysis Center, included crime volume and rate of solved cases in 36 cities in the Philippines from January to April 2018.
Quezon City, the country's most densely populated city, topped the list with 12,253 incidents, followed by Manila with 7,066 reported crimes, and Cebu with 3,703.
Ormoc City had the least number of crime incidents at 134. Cotabato only had 220 incidents, while Puerto Princesa recorded 227 crimes.
Police officials said Quezon City may have topped the list as population directly affects crime volume.
“Given naman 'yun na kapag maraming population sa isang area, mas marami ang possibility na magkaroon ng maraming krimen," DIDM Crime Research and Analysis Center chief Senior Supt. Noel Sandoval said.
(It's a given. The bigger the population, the higher the chance that crime will happen.)
"'Yun namang kriminal natin, doon siya gagawa ng maraming crime doon sa alam niyang marami siyang mabibiktima," he added.
(Criminals would opt to commit crime where there are a lot of possible victims.)
Crime rate also depends on how often people file complaints in police stations, Sandoval said.
"Kung hindi sila nagpunta sa pulis, hindi sila mare-record," he said.
(If they don't go to the police station, the crime will not be recorded.)
CRIME SOLUTION EFFICIENCY
The DIDM analysis also listed each city's performance in solving crimes.
Las Piñas had the highest crime solution efficiency rate at 95.68 percent, followed by Taguig with 94.75 percent, and Pasig with 93.83 percent.
Makati and Cebu were also in the top 5, both with a 90-percent rating.
Quezon City had the lowest crime solution efficiency rate with only 43.08 percent of crimes solved.
Manila's crime solution rating was also low at 50.41 percent, followed by Malabon, where only 51.05 percent of crimes were solved in the first four months of the year.
Sandoval said police stations in high-crime cities will receive "memoranda and reminders" to take more action against criminals.
The PNP will also continue its weekly oversight committee meetings to discuss how police can bring crime volumes down in their respective areas, Sandoval said.