SAN MIGUEL, Catanduanes, Feb. 21, (PIA) - There was a significant decrease in crime incidences in the municipality of San Miguel during the fourth quarter of 2011, reported the Philippine National Police (PNP) in its 4th quarter report.
Like other municipalities, San Miguel is confronted with two adverse problems, insurgency and criminality. Of the two, the former is a most potent threat to the town’s peace and order and economic stability. However, due to constant police visibility, checkpoint operations, and Preventive patrol, occurrence of said crime has decreased.
For the period October to December 2011, the station conducted 120 police visibility, checkpoints,and preventive patrols especially in crime-prone areas and school areas. Intensified operation dubbed as ‘higpit bakal’ on some videoke bars and security inspection to government installations and facilities within their area of responsibility (AOR) were and are being conducted regularly to prevent any untoward incidents.
For the same period, there was no recorded violent and non-violent incident within their AOR.
Moreover, based on the crime incidents reported and processed by the Municipal Police Station of San Miguel from 1st and 2nd quarter compared to the 3rd and 4th quarter of the previous year 2011, there was a significant decrease of crime incidents in the area.
The most common or notable incidents encountered by the municipality were petty crimes induced by alcohol intake mostly in remote barangays but were resolved at the barangay which usually occurred during weekends.
Hence, concurrent to its mission and functions, the San Miguel Police Station is continuously implementing the crime prevention programs based on the approved anti-criminality action plan and the integrated area/community public safety plan. (EAB/PIA Catanduanes)