Report about Baguio as 6th most dangerous city baseless – BCPO

BAGUIO CITY — Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Officer-in-Charge (OIC) P/Sr Supt George Daskeo on Monday, April 2, said that Baguio City is not the sixth most dangerous urban center in the country as reported by the media last week.

Daskeo said the reported 1,417 monthly crime incidents in the city from 2010 to 2016 is obviously bloated and without factual basis considering that there was a total of 26,761 index crimes and 47,519 non-index crimes recorded by the BCPO during the said period.

The BCPO figures are based on actual reports making these data to be true and correct considering the awareness of police personnel that getting the true crime picture of its area of responsibility will lead to a progressive, deliberate and systematic course of action.

In doing the math, Daskeo showed that the average monthly index crime rate is only 117 while the average monthly non-index crime is 207 which are way below the reported 1,417 average monthly crime rate in the city.

In 2012, a team from the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD) of the Police Regional Office – Cordillera (PRO-Cor) under then Regional Director Chief Superintendent Benjamin B. Magalong, conducted validation of crime data in all the police stations in the city.

The validation showed that there were discrepancies on the reported data compared to the actual data recorded in the police blotters, thus, appropriate actions were taken.

Now PDir Magalong of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management in Camp Crame, through a recent validation, affirmed that BCPO personnel became dedicated and transparent in reporting all crime incidents.

Daskeo said that in the first quarter of 2016, physical injury cases in the city decreased by 160 incidents or 46.11 percent, contrary to the published report that Baguio is the most dangerous city for mauling.

Daskeo admitted that the reduction physical injury cases is one of the significant accomplishments of BCPO since the implementation of Lambat Sibat.

Baguio’s Finest (BCPO) is successful in its campaign to make the city peaceful and orderly, Daskeo said. PNA/