AMONG CHARTERED CITIES IN 2018 PNP: Naga City had highest average monthly crime rate

Naga City recorded the highest average monthly crime rate among 36 chartered cities nationwide in 2018.


Based on the data obtained by Super Radyo dzBB from Crime Research and Analysis Center of PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM), Naga had an average monthly crime rate (AMCR) of 218.16 last year.


AMCR is computed by dividing the crime volume by the population in an area. The quotient is then multiplied by 100,000 and the result is then divided by the number of months covered, in this case, 12 months.


This means that for every 100,000 residents in Naga there were an average of 218 crime occurrences each month last year.


Smaller crime volume


However, PNP's Crime Research and Analysis Center head Supt Noel Sandoval stressed that this does not mean that Naga is not a safe place to live in or visit.


He said that Naga's crime volume—the actual number of reported crimes—is much lower compared to other highly urbanized cities, and that the city's higher AMCR is due to its smaller population.


For instance, Quezon City's crime volume of 41,152 dwarfs Naga City's crime volume of 5,309. However, Quezon City only has an AMCR of 112.88.


Apart from index crimes, also included in the computation of AMCR are the less grave non-index crimes like reckless imprudence resulting in damage to property, which includes vehicular accidents which had a high occurrence in Naga in 2018, according to Sandoval.


Based on PNP data, Naga City had 4,117 non-index crimes, which includes 2,395 reckless imprudence resulting in damage to property.


Its index crimes, on the other hand, reached to 1,192. This number includes three murder cases, seven homicides, 215 physical injury cases, 28 rape incidents, 144 robberies, 758 thefts, 44 carnapping and 1 cattle rustling.


Also included in the top 5 cities with the highest AMCRs in 2018 are Mandaue City with 168.76, Iloilo City, 151.14; Pasay City, 147.84; and Makati City with 142.18. — BM, GMA News

Vice President Leni Robredo who hails from Naga, criticized PNP’s claim which she said was based on unreliable data.


“Nakakalungkot na angPNP magbibigay ng mga statements na hindinakabase sa totoongdatos (It’s rather sad that PNP is releasing statements which are not based on the real data).”

She also hinted at a possible motive behind the statement.


“Kasi sinabiko na itodati at sasabihinkouli: Kung akoangpunteriya, huwagnangidamayangbuonglungsod(I have said this before and I will say it again: If I’m the one being targeted, do not drag the whole city into it),” said the vice president. — Grace Casin