BACOLOD CITY – Crime incidents here increased by 22.05 percent, while the crime rate in Negros Occidental decreased by 13.22 percent last year.
The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) noted an increase of 250 in the crime incidents from 1,134 incidents in 2020 to 1,384 the following year.
Based on the records of the BCPO, index crimes or crimes against person or property, increased by 22.06 percent or 59 cases from 265 incidents in 2020 to 324 in 2021.
Theft logged the highest number of cases under the eight focus crimes from 80 in 2020 to 154 incidents last year, followed by murder which registered 46 cases last year from 38 incidents in 2020. Motornapping cases also increased from two incidents in 2020 to 11 in 2021.
There were 39 cases of physical injuries; robbery, 35; rape, 24; homicide, 7; and carnapping, 6.
Police Lt. Col. Sherlock Gabana, Bacolod City police spokesperson, said crime incidents spiked last year because of the eased restrictions on people compared in 2020, wherein lockdowns were imposed, limiting the movement of people amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
For non-index crimes or violation of special laws and other crimes, the BCPO also noted an increase of 21.98 percent or 191 from 869 in 2020 to 1,060 in 2021.
Meanwhile, traffic accidents also increased by 82.09 percent or 110 cases from 134 in 2020 to 244 the following year.
For the province, 2,560 incidents were recorded in 2021, with a reduction of 390 cases from 2,950 incidents in 2020.
Index crimes in the province also reduced by 13.37 percent or 90 incidents from 673 cases in 2020 to 583 last year.
For the eight focus crimes, rape registered the highest with 165 cases; followed by murder, 155; theft, 95; physical injuries, 71; robbery, 46; homicide, 36; and motornapping, 15.
The average monthly crime rate in the province dropped by 1.20 or 13.22 percent from 9.04 in 2020 to 7.84 in 2021.
The provincial police office also noted a reduction of 300 or 13.18 percent from 2,277 in 2020 to 1977 the following year on non-index crimes.
Traffic accidents meanwhile increased by 70 or 7.79 percent from 899 incidents in 2020 to 969 in 2021.