The 227 cases of theft and 59 robberies, most of them committed in the capital town of Virac, led the list of so-called index crimes reported to the Catanduanes police in 2016.
According to the statistics provided by OIC-Police Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Jeffrey Fernandez, crimes against properties accounted for 70 percent of the total index crimes for the year. The other incidents were 50 physical injuries, 43 rapes, 15 carnappings, seven murders and seven homicides.
Virac had 83 percent of the thieveries (189 cases), 69 percent of robberies (41), and 32 percent of the rape incidents (14).
There were a total of 1,040 non-index crimes recorded in the same year, broken down as follows: 453 for violation of special laws, 18 for reckless imprudence resulting to homicide, another 211 resulting to physical injuries, 112 resulting to damage to property, and 246 for other index crimes.
Virac and San Andres accounted for half of the deaths from vehicular accidents, with the capital town also having 53 percent of crimes involving illegal logging, illegal gambling, illegal fishing and other violations of special laws.
Overall, the Catanduanes police solved only 423 of the total 1,448 crimes recorded, for a crime solution efficiency of 29 percent.