“Translated to a daily crime average, the Philippines has recorded an average of 93 criminal incidents per day during the 200-day implementation of the community quarantine compared to 174 incidents per day incidents of the 200-day period before... quarantine,” said Police Lt. General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, commander of the Joint Task Force Covid Shield. Eleazar said that the data has defied expectations of a sudden increase in crime due to so many people losing their livelihoods. “While the community quarantine denied criminal elements the usual opportunity to strike, the increased police visibility down to the barangay [village or district] level is a big factor in reducing criminal incidents across the country,” said Eleazar.

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