Philippines Sees a 46% Decline in Crime Rates Amid COVID Economic Crisis

The crime rates in the Philippines have declined by a whopping 46% during the community quarantine period. However,…
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The crime rates in the Philippines have declined by a whopping 46% during the community quarantine period. However, there are no reasons behind this decline. The Philippine National Police reported that cases of theft and robbery decreased by 60 percent.

Serious crimes like homicide, rape, theft, murder, robbery, and physical injury were reduced by 46% across the nation from March 17 to October 2.

Translated to a daily crime average, the Philippines has recorded an average of 93 criminal incidents per day during the 200-day implementation of the community quarantine compared to 174 per day incidents of the 200-day period before the community quarantine implementation.

Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar

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Eleazar maintained that the data has continued to defy perceptions and expectations of a sharp increase in crime, especially theft and robbery since the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the loss of livelihood and economic setback.

Crime rates were supposed to be on the high during this period, however, the opposite has been the case. Experts don’t know the reason behind this decline in the crime rate. Meanwhile, some studies revealed that a good number of people have taken up new positive habits during the lockdown.  

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