How Enhanced Community Quarantine Affected PH Crime Rate?

PH crime rate declined amid enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to COVID-19.

ENHANCED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE – Crime rate in the Philippines dramatically declined due to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

The ECQ or enhanced community quarantine has been enforced to areas in Philippines with high risk to the spread of coronavirus disease while general community quarantine to those identified under moderate or low risk. These are the government’s order and declaration to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 cases in the country.

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According to Philippine National Police (PNP) deputy chief for operations, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, this caused a dramatic decrease in the crime rate in the country to which is logical. This is because of “minimal economic activity” and fewer number of people going outside of their houses.

The data showed that the rate lowered at 61% nationwide from 6,712 crimes from February 1 to March 16 to only 2,676 crimes from March 17 to April 30. Such crimes reported are murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, car theft, and motorcycle theft.

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According to Philippines News Agency report, the biggest decrease was in Luzon at a 67 percent drop from 3,525 cases down to 1,177. Next is Visayas to which the previous record showed 1,668 cases and downed to 718 cases which is at 57% decrease. And Mindanao recorded at 50% from 1,339 to 666.

Meanwhile, in terms of violators during the ECQ, they have recorded a total of 153,487 from March 17 to April 29. The following is the breakdown of the number of violators:

  • Luzon – 97,128
  • Visayas – 27,597
  • Mindanao – 28,762

As per Joint Task Force (JTF)-COVID Shield, 104,146 were warned, 9,709 were fined, and 39,632 were arrested. They have also nabbed 798 individuals for alleged hoarding and profiteering and 10,287 public transport vehicles for violating the mass transportation prohibition.


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