Crime incidents in Dumaguete City declined by almost 25.27% from 554 total crime incidents in January to August 31, 2021 to just 414 for the same period of the current year 2022.
This report was disclosed by City Chief-of-Police Lt. Col. Joeson B. Parallag during the quarterly meeting of the City Peace and Order Council presided by Vice-Mayor Ma. Isabel Sagarbarria and Councilor Rey Lyndon Lawas, Deputy Mayor for Peace and Order and Illegal Drugs Abuse last Monday.
Meanwhile, the City Bureau of Fire Protection also reported that about P 1, 087, 600.00 estimated damage to property were recorded in 10 fire incidents from January to August 2022.
City Fire Marshall Chief Inspector Marlon K. Chomling said that this is lower compared to the 27 fire incidents in 2020 resulting in P 4.8 million of estimated damage to property and 17 fire incidents in 2021 with P 2.3 million damage to property. It is hoped that no major fire incident will occur in the last 3 remaining months of 2022.
It was also established that the recent fire in West City Elementary School was caused by an unattended electric fan that overheated resulting in tens of thousands damage to property.
Specifically, Lt. Col. Parallag also revealed that the number of incidents in 8 focus crimes decreased by almost 50% from 86 in January to August 31, 2021 to just 43 for the same period in 2022, as follows: homicide, 1 in 2021 but 2 in 2022; murder 1 in 2021 but 3 in 2022; 32 physical injuries in 2021 to 13 in 2022; theft 34 in 2021 to 17 in 2022; robbery 6 in 2021 to 4 in 2022; rape, 12 in 2021 to 4 in 2022 and zero cases both in motornapping or carnapping.
About 543.54 grams of illegal drugs worth P 4.3 million were confiscated in 37 operations conducted from January to August 2022 with 40 suspects arrested.
For the same period 20 loose firearms and 1 explosive were surrendered with the arrest of 2 persons from the 23 operations conducted for the same period this year.
Six hundred thirteen (613) Oplan Katok operations were conducted resulting in the surrender of 46 firearms also for the same period.
Finally, 203 persons with warrants along with 8 persons categorized as most wanted were arrested in 211 operations conducted by Dumaguete PNP in the first 8 months of 2022.