Seven Barangays in Bacolod City have been tagged as crime-prone areas by the City Police, based on the occurrence of crimes from July 2010 to July 2011, a report from the BCPO Operations Branch furnished the DAILY STAR yesterday showed.
The crime-prone areas are Barangays 2, Mandalagan, Villamonte, Singcang-Airport, Mansilingan, Taculing and Sum-ag.
Barangay Villamonte had the most number of crimes against persons with 16 cases recorded, and 33 robbery incidents reported.
Barangay Sum-ag had the most theft incidents with 49 cases recorded, while Singcang-Airport had the most index crimes with 45 cases recorded.
City Police Deputy Director Supt. Santiago Rapiz said they will deploy additional policemen to deter crime incidents in these areas especially during the wee hours of the morning.
Rapiz said Barangays Banago and Handumanan were listed as crime-prone areas last year, but were deleted from the list this year as the number of crimes in these places has gone down.
He said Brgy. 2 has always been in the list of crime prone areas because of the illegal drug trade there, while the presence of nightspots and entertainment bars in Brgy. Singcang-Airport is believed to be a factor in the incidents of crime there.
Rapiz, however, said that the inclusion of these barangays among the crime-prone areas does not mean that they are considered as dangerous places. He appealed to the community to help prevent crimes by being vigilant.
Meanwhile, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia announced during the peace and order council meeting at the Bacolod government center that Bacolod had been cited for its stable peace and order condition.
Leonardia said a research conducted by the Asian Institute of Management, United States Angency for International Development and German Technology Cooperation recently categorized the cities into metropolitan, growth center cities and emergent cities.
Bacolod, Olongapo and eight other cities were included in the growth center cities category, and it placed second to Olongapo City for good quality of living because of its livable environment.*APN