As Caloocan City was the recipient of 2014's Most Peaceful City in Metro Manila distinction, the official PNP report for 2015 was released recently and Caloocan City got the "most peaceful" mark, again.
In reaction to this, Mayor Oscar Malapitan said that he continues to support the Caloocan police by giving away more patrol cars, back-to-back pick-up trucks and bicycles making the CCPD’s patrol fleet the most modern in the country. Police stations were put up in strategic locations and policemen have been deployed to critical areas to ensure round-the-clock safety and protection of residents.
"The hundreds of CCTV cameras installed in "hot spot" areas also helped a lot in lowering the crime rate of the city," Malapitan added.
The Calooacan City PNP led by PSSupt. Bartolome R. Bustamante, in partnership with Mayor Malapitan, are further looking at correct interventions designed to counter crimes, and conceptualizing programable, sustainable and deliberative projects to curb criminality.
Despite the high profile-crimes being reported by the media in the metropolis, Caloocan City is actually experiencing a relatively significant peace and order condition which continue to attract investments. The city records continous decline in criminality based on Peace and Order Briefing Comparative Crime Statistics presented by Bustamante, at the Peace and Order Council Meeting on Jan 12, 2016.
The National Capital Region Police Office – Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (NCRPO-RIDMD)’s recent crime index report, as underscored Bustamante’s presentation, interpreted Caloocan as the most peaceful, orderly and improved city in Metro Manila in 2015.
Bustamante reported, from 2293 recorded crime volume in 2014, Caloocan has decreased the rate to 1619 crimes or 29% in 2015. This is 8.42% or the lowest noted crime rate in 2015 in Metro Manila. Pateros seconded with 12.25% while Mandaluyong topped with 37.58% crime index.
As per breakdown of NCRPO-RIDMD monthly crime statistics report in 2015, on crimes committed against persons, murder decreased to 8% in December from its highest recorded rate of 18% in May; homicide declined to 2% from 6% in June; physical injury lowered to 30% from 39% in Januray; and rape cases reduced to 13% from 18% in the first month of the year.
On the other hand, crimes committed against property likewise abated dramatically last year. Robbery incidences decreased to 24% in December from 42% in January. Theft lowered to 20% last Yuletide season from 54% of the year start. Motor carrier carnap reduced to 17% from the highest 12% in August; and motor vehicle carnap depleted to 1% in December from its peak rate of 23% in October.
On the comparative statistics, from 927 blottered crimes against persons in 2014, the number decreased to 29% or 656 incidences in 2015. While from 1366 crimes committed against property in 2014, 29% or 963 was reduced in 2015.
Records of Caloocan City Police Ditrict (CCPD) shows a total of 1787 arrested offenders of different crimes. 20 high-powered firearms and 104 low-powered firearms were confiscated. 93 illegal motor vehicles and carriers have been in the custody of CCPD.
On combat against illegal drugs, 398 persons were arrested from committing drug-related crimes. 174.19 gms of shabu ammounting to P2 million, and P96.3 thousand worth marijuana were confiscated the previous year.