Northern Mindanao police regional command announced on August 10 that the monthly total crime volume showed a drastic decrease of 44% compared to the crime statistics recorded in 2014 and 2015.
Police Regional Office 10 Spokesperson Superintendent Surki Sereñas disclosed that the total monthly crime volume for the entire region usually pegged at over 3,000.
“July, for example, registered 3,983 crimes in 2014 and 3,171 crimes in 2015. Compared to the current crime volume of 1,974, crime volume decreased by 50.44% compared to crime volume of 2014 and 37.75% decrease compared to the crime volume of 2015,” Sereñas added.
He said their assessment point out to the link and direct effect of the diminished presence of illegal drugs in the streets as a result of the intensified anti-illegal drugs campaign.
“Most of the prevalent crimes are usually drug related like theft, robbery, domestic violence, rape and all forms of abuse. Thus, we were not surprised of the marked decrease in crime volume,” he said.
Sereñas expressed hope they can sustain this momentum and get the job done within the allotted timeline.
Since the launching of ‘Oplan Tokhang, more than 51,907 self-confessed drug pushers and pushers have voluntarily yielded to police authorities, over 250 were arrested and five killed during the conduct of intensified anti-illegal drugs operation. (RPIO, PRO10)