The director of the National Police, major general Edward Sánchez González, assured that crime has decreased significantly in the first quarter of this year.
“So far this quarter we certainly have a trend, based on the statistics we have, that the report of cases of robbery has dropped by 26%, there is a clear downward trend”, said Sánchez González in an interview with journalists.
He said that the National Police has strengthened operations and that it carries out operations at a national level on a daily basis to prevent theft in the country.
“The Dominican Republic has experienced a decrease of less than 36% in robberies in January of this year, in relation to the same month in 2020, he said.
In relation to criminal activity during the months of February and so far in March, the decrease is consolidated at minus 19% and minus 16% respectively. This represents a minus 26% in percentage amount of this first quarter of 2021.
In the case of “robberies on public roads”, the January stats, when compared to 2020, dropped 29%, and in February and March 16% and 24%, respectively.
“These data are a sample of the efforts made by our National Police to prevent crime throughout the national territory, obeying a strategy that seeks to promote citizen security”, added police spokesman Colonel Miguel Balbuena.
Another of the measurements collected by the department of statistics and cartography of the uniformed is when, in terms of “robberies in public places”, a minus 29% is experienced in January, a minus 21% for February, and a minus 18% to so far in March, compared to 2020.
When focusing on “burglary with home penetration”, the police reports a decrease of 18% in January, 14% in February, and 29% in March, in relation to the same months of 2020.
A very important point to highlight is the prompt response that the National Police is providing in matters of emergencies and domestic violence, who carry out the work jointly with the 911 Emergency Attention System and arrive at the scenes in record time, avoiding that cases to regret to occur, which contributes to the statistics continuing to decline.