Occidental Mindoro has highest number of crime-prone villages in Mimaropa

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Occidental Mindoro has the highest number of crime-prone villages in the Mimaropa region, closely followed  by Oriental Mindoro and Palawan.

Marinduque and Romblon, meanwhile, have no crime-prone areas, according to a report of the Philippine National Police.

Occidental has four villages with the most number of reported crimes—San Roque and Pag-asa in San Jose town and Barangay Poblacion 1 and 9 in the provincial capital Mamburao.

Most of the crimes reported to police involved physical injuries and murder.

In Oriental Mindoro, three villages are considered crime prone areas. These are Barangay Salong in Calapan City, Barangay Poblacion in Bongabong, and Zone IV in Socorro. Physical injury and theft were the most common crimes reported in these villages.

In Palawan, three villages also made it to the list of most crime-prone areas in the region: Barangay San Miguel and San Pedro in Puerto Princesa City and Barangay Rio Tuba in Bataraza. Murder and physical injury were the common crimes reported there.

But the PNP report noted that the 10 crime-prone villages comprise only a small 0.68 percent of the total 1,458 villages in the Mimaropa region.

At the same time, the report said that there were no cases of kidnapping for ransom, hijacking, highway robbery, and bank robbery in the region.

There were also no reported organized crime groups based or operating in Mimaropa, a region comprised of the provinces of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.

No crimes against tourists were also reported.

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