The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) cited a significant increase in the city’s crime rate for the first half of the year:
BCPO Director Col. Glen Lonogan reported that index crimes in the city increased by 51 cases or 37 percent from January to June 2022, compared to the same period last year.
He added that the three most prevalent index crimes in the city are theft with 63 cases (28% higher compared to 2021) followed by physical injuries
with 30 recorded incidents (20% increase).
However, the Baguio City police logged fewer rape cases, reporting 18 cases from 24 cases last year.
For the non-index crimes, Lonogan said that there were around 287 cases were reported, which is seven percent higher than in 2021.
Non-index crimes include violation of special laws such as cases for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the ‘Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002,’ violence against women and children, child abuse and other related crimes.