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Crime Rate in Ozamiz City, Philippines

Mercy O. Caba-ong 1 , Jose F. Cuevas Jr. 1 , Angelita B. Alvarico 1 , Marie Rosellynn C. Enguito 2

Data about the crime rate are relevant in improving the crime control programs in a locality. The purpose of this paper was to determine the crime rate in Ozamiz City from the calendar year 2010 to 2013. This study also aimed to compare the volumes of the index and non-index crimes, respectively and to obtain the percentage breakdown of these offenses per year. The paper also examined the spatiotemporal patterns of index crimes. Incidents of crime reported and docketed in the police blotter were retrieved from Ozamiz City Police Station. Case investigators were also interviewed to verify the data. Findings showed a decreased crime rate in 2010 relative to 2011, a most notable decline in 2012, and the sharpest increase in 2013. Among the index crimes, physical injuries had the highest crime volume, followed by theft and robbery. Despite the lower rate of non-index crimes compared to index crimes, illegal logging, riding motor vehicles without the plate number, driver’s license and registration could not be disregarded. The volume of crimes against property was consistently higher compared to crimes against person. Most index crimes occurred in streets followed by homes or boarding houses and were highest in volume from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM indicating a non-random spatiotemporal crime pattern. The findings may help the law enforcers in Ozamiz City improve the strategies for crime control.

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