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Police Checkpoints During Covid Quarantine Result in Crime Reduction

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Police credits quarantine checkpoints in crime dip

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 3, 2020 (PIA) – Although creating major travel discomfort among citizens in areas placed under strict community quarantine, the establishment of Quarantine Control Points or checkpoints from the provincial to the barangay levels did miracles in pulling down crimes and in containing people during the crisis.

This sums up the assessment issued by Camp Francisco Dagohoy through it chief, Police Senior Superintendent Joselito Clarito, during the joint virtual meetings of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) last week.

This as police crime statisticians at Camp Dagohoy in Tagbilaran tracked a 36.91 percent average total decrease in crimes incidents in the first six months of the year in Bohol.

In his report to the council, Police Colonel Clarito showed a comparative monthly trend of total crime incidents that graphically showed a general down trend in crimes from January to June of this year.

A data which can also be seen in the Philippine National Police’s Crime Information Reporting and Analysis System (PNP-CIRAS), Colonel Clarito pointed out that total crimes as the first month ended, reached 894, which went down to 850 in February.

By March, with the community quarantine measured installed in the middle of the month, crimes plunged to 716, bringing the first quarter’s total crimes to 2,460.

By April, crime trend continues to sag down to 501, even as Bohol braces for the fiesta month where by tradition, people would always tend to celebrate a year of blessings.

True to projections, in May, when every day, there is a fiesta nearby, crimes rose to 622, but the month of June came back with a huge upset, when its crimes only totaled 429, pegging a second quarter sum of 1,552 of a difference of 908 crime incidents.

To further illustrate his point, Col Clarito shared a graph showing comparative crime incidents on peace and order incidents and public safety incidents.

From 1,568 peace and order incidents in the first three months, it went down to 1227 cases, nailing a 21.75 percent down trend in peace and order incidents.

As to public safety incidents, Camp Dagohoy chief bared that from a total of 892 in the first three months, it went down to 325 incidents in the second quarter, pegging a slump of 63.57 percent.

In another comparative graph on peace and order incidents, from 421 total index crimes in the first quarter, police statisticians observe the same dipping trend when index crimes dove to 161 incidents in the second quarter.

For non index crimes, Col Clarito showed that from 1,147 crime incidents descended a few notches with 1,066 incidents in the second quarter, figuring out a 7.06 percent dip.

According to Col. Clarito, “the notable decrease of total crime incidents (TCIs) especially on Index Crimes is attributed by the strict implementation of Community Quarantine Protocols thru the joint efforts of the LGUs and agencies under the Security, Law and Order and Public Safety Cluster.

He cited that the establishment of Quarantine Control Points and Checkpoints from the provincial level down to the barangays is a recognizable best practice and a good example on the effectiveness of the “Whole-of-Community” approach in addressing crimes and crisis.

Over this and with another six months ahead of him, Camp Dagohoy chief recommends all members of the TG Security, Law and Order and Public Safety should not lay down its sword in performing its functions.

He said stricter implementation of QCQ protocols shall be continued down to the barangays, hoping that local LGUs and Barangay LGUs will continually support the PNP in ensuring security, peace and order and public safety in their respective area of responsibility. (rahchiu/PIA-7/Bohol)

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