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Crime Drops 46% in Philippines When Experts Expected it to Go Up During COVID Economic Crisis


Across the Philippines, during the 200-day community quarantine period, crime has plummeted, although no one is sure why.

Theft and robbery cases fell by 60 percent, the Philippine National Police said in early October.

It also revealed that serious crimes, including murder, manslaughter, physical injury, rape, robbery, and theft, were down 46 percent nationwide over the same period, March 17 to October 2.

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“Translated into a daily crime average, the Philippines has recorded an average of 93 criminal incidents per day during the 200-day implementation of community quarantine compared to 174 incidents per day in the 200-day period prior to the implementation of community quarantine “said Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, according to the Manila Bulletin.

Eleazar said the data continues to defy expectations and perceptions of a sudden spike in crime, particularly robbery and theft, as the coronavirus pandemic led to loss of livelihoods and other economic hardships.

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(Photo of Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines by Ian Romie Ona)

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