Saturday, September 13, 2014

San Jose City is Ecija’s crime capital --PNP report

SAN JOSE CITY – This northern Nueva Ecija city has emerged as Nueva Ecija’s crime capital, posting 561 crime incidents in the first eight months of the year, accounting for roughly 10 percent of the total crime volume in the province.

          Crime incidents in the city were more than the combined crime volume in Talavera and Guimba of 460.

The city emerged no. 1 with the most number of robberies (44), thefts (176), carnapping (38), homicide (14) and physical injuries (267). It was second to Cabanatuan in terms of rape incidents with 15.

          Cabanatuan recorded the most number of murders with 17 followed by Aliaga with 17 and Gapan City and Talavera with eight each.

The city was second only to San Jose in homicide cases with 11 followed by Talavera with nine.               

            Records from the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office showed that the province – involving five cities and 27 municipalities – recorded 5,652 crime incidents over the period of which 2,429 or 43 percent were solved and 4,250 (75%) were cleared.

          Senior Superintendent Crizaldo Nieves, provincial police director,  said a case is considered cleared when the suspect has been identified while it is deemed solved when a case has been filed in court.

          Of the 5,652 crime incidents, 2,916 were index and 2,736 non-index crimes. Index  crimes refer to crimes against persons such as murder, homicide, physical injuries, rape among others. Non-index crimes include those against  property such as robbery, theft, cattle rustling and carnapping.

          Of the index crimes, 2,013 (69%) were cleared while 1,158 (39%) were solved. For non-index crimes, 2,237 (81%) were cleared while 1,271 (46%) were solved.

          The province posted an average monthly crime rate of 30.35 per population of 2,068,962.

          Of the crimes, 130 were murder cases, 113 homicide, 1,520 were physical injuries, 120 rape, 279 robberies, 584 thefts, 165 carnapping and five cattle-rustling incidents. – Manny Galvez

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