CEBU CITY – Cebu City has posted the highest number of crimes in Central Visayas with 1,137 cases in the past two months.
Senior Supt. Mariano Natuel, chief of the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD), said the number showed a drop of 139 cases in the region compared to the same period last year that had 1,276 cases.
Based on the current crime statistics, at least 18 crimes occurred in Cebu City every day.
Natuel said Cebu province followed Cebu City with 960 cases. But this was a drop of 222 cases from last year’s 1,182, he said.
He said Cebu City has the highest number of crimes because it has a bigger population and has more economic activities.
Bohol occupied the third spot with 518 cases. The province’s criminality rose by 74 cases from last year’s 444.
Negros Oriental ranked fourth with 471 cases. The province’s number of crimes fell by 203 compared to last year’s 674.
Lapu-Lapu City came next with 310. The city posted a decrease of 19 cases from last year’s 329.
The sixth spot belonged to Mandaue City, which had 290 cases. This was a decrease of 28 cases from last year’s 318.
Siquijor, the smallest province in the region, posted only 18 cases, which is a decrease of 24 incidents from last year’s 42.
The region recorded a total of 3,704 crimes in the last two months, 561 cases lower than last year’s 4,265.
Of the total cases, 2,525 incidents were considered index crimes and 1,179 were non-index.
Index crimes are those committed against persons and properties, while non-index crimes are violations of special laws, such as those on illegal drugs, gambling and loose firearms.
Theft, robbery, physical injuries, murder and carnapping remain the most commonly committed index crimes in the region.