Crime Statistics in the Municipality of Bangar, La Union
Keywords:crime, crime statistics
Crime statistics have played a pivotal role in gauging the frequency of criminal incidents relative to the population size. The escalation of crime rates has historically exerted detrimental impacts on the overall quality of life, precipitating adverse effects on individuals' societal and economic well-being. This study aimed to comprehensively identify the spectrum of committed crimes, ascertain the most prevalent categories of offenses annually, and outline strategic measures for mitigating the crime rate within the locale of Bangar, La Union. Employing a quantitative descriptive methodology, this investigation involved an exhaustive analysis of crime-related documents procured from the Bangar PNP. A hierarchical ranking of documented crimes was established through the application of frequencies and percentages. This systematic examination revealed that crimes such as physical injuries, theft, malicious mischief, reckless imprudence resulting in physical injuries, and violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 consistently emerged as frequently encountered criminal occurrences in Bangar, La Union. During the period spanning from 2016 to 2019, the prevailing criminal incidents predominantly centered around cases of reckless imprudence leading to physical injuries. In contrast, in 2020, violations of anti-gambling laws took precedence. The genesis of criminal behavior can be attributed mainly to adverse economic circumstances, deteriorating social conditions, and familial challenges. This study underscored that the observed decline in criminal activities can be attributed to contextual factors and the effective implementation of policy interventions. The multifaceted strategies contributing to this decline encompassed situational factors and systematic policy adjustments. To effectively curtail the prevalence of crimes, a holistic approach is imperative. This entails a comprehensive revamping of youth education initiatives, cultivating robust police-community relations, and fostering a nurturing family environment within the community. These factors collectively synergize to create an environment that is less conducive to criminal activities and more conducive to cultivating a law-abiding society.