Street crimes slide down but cybercrimes up, says PNP

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Street crimes slide down but cybercrimes up, says PNP
Nowadays, even criminals are preferring digital over analog.

While the Philippine National Police (PNP) has curbed down the number of street crimes in the country, statistics from its Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) say a total of 847 cases of cybercrime were reported from Jan to Nov 2015, or up by 56% as compared to 544 cases reported for the entire 2014.

In a report from GMA news, Director General Ricardo Marquez said that the PNP has "more or less reduced or extinguished the existence of armed bank robberies," but it has "seen the emergence of computer crimes, ATM fraud, skimming," with several of the cases involving foreigners.

Breakdown of the reported cybercrimes listed below:


  • online scam or estafa: 292 (up from 154 last year)
  • online libel: 188 (up from 112)
  • online threat: 84 (up from 56)
  • identity theft: 71 (up from 61)
  • photo and video voyeurism: 52 (up from 43)
  • hacking: 51 (up from 41)
  • robbery/extortion: 27 (up from 11)
  • unjust vexation: 26 (up from 10)
  • child pornography: 20 (up from 10)
  • ATM/credit card fraud: 10 (up from 1)
  • child abuse: 4 (down from 14)
  • email spoofing: 2 (down from 6)
  • online piracy: 1 (down from 2)
  • illegal recruitment: 1 (down from 2)


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