According to Police Statistics, the crime rate is down for the first 9 months, when it is compared to the same period of the year 2012. The difference, as it pertains to crimes in relation to murder, rape, robbery, burglary, theft and carnal knowledge, is a mere 6 figure difference. We must also note that the crimes in relation to firearms, ammunition and drugs saw a sharp increase for the same. According to the Police Department, the Southern Zone, headed by Superintendent of Police Robert Mariano, outperformed the rest of the police formations in the country for the month of September. In this regards, Senior Superintendent Robert Mariano received a cheque of $1,000 from the Minister of National Security Hon. John Saldivar for the performance of his zone; in particular the Plancencia Sub-formation who performed the best in that region.