THE NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) reported a decline in crime volume in Metro Manila in 2018. Index crimes, which are crimes against person and property, went down by 21% to 14,633 in 2018 from 18,524 in 2017. Crimes against persons — murder, homicide, physical injury, and rape — also dropped to 5,585 from 7,620 during the period in review. Murder cases decreased to 738 from 1,542. Meanwhile, crimes against property — robbery, theft, and carnapping — stood at 9,048 last year, 17% lower than 2017’s 10,904. The NCRPO’s crime clearance efficiency improved to 76% from 67%, while crime solution efficiency also increased to 55% from 47%. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras