Crime rate drops 23%; carjackings still top crime

Posted at 01/04/2012 5:41 PM | Updated as of 01/04/2012 10:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The crime rate dropped by 23% last year even as police recorded more than 1,000 car theft cases for 2011, the Philippine National Police said Wednesday.

The PNP said the number of crimes committed in the country in 2011 was down by 23.36% to 248,378 from 324,083 in 2010.

The PNP also noted that the 2011 figure was almost half of the 2009 figure with 502,665.

The number of crimes against persons, such as murder, rape and kidnapping, was down by 30.42% to 59,860 in 2011 from 86,036 in 2010.

Crimes against property such as robbery and theft also went down by 17.88% to 97,671 in 2011 from 118,943 in 2010.

Meanwhile, PNP records showed that car theft was the top criminal activity in 2011 with 1,426 cases.

Crime solution efficiency went up to 29.32% from 18.9% last year, the PNP said.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, who also chairs the Cabinet Cluster on Security, Justice, and Peace and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC), lauded the PNP for bringing down the crime rate in the country.

"Although the reduction in crime is welcome, this should not be a cause for complacency. The PNP must continue to strive to reduce crime even further, ensure public safety, and maintain peace and order in the country," Ochoa said, in a statement.

Meanwhile, the PNP also said it is working on its “e-warrant”, “e-blotter” and “e-rogues gallery” systems to boost its fight against criminality. The three systems aim to digitize the database system of the PNP.

PNP Spokesperson Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz, however, said these databases would not be made available to the public.