1.4 million Filipino families fell victim to common crimes- survey

MANILA- More Filipino families fell victim to common crimes,
results of the September 2018 Social Weather Stations (SWS)
survey released Thursday showed.

Around 1.4 million families or 6.1 percent said they were
victimized by common crimes such as pickpocketing or robbery,
break-ins, “carnapping,” and physical violence in the past 6

This is higher than the 1.2 million families or 5.3 percent
that reported victimization by common crimes in June this

More families at 1.3 miliion also said they were victimized by
property crimes such as street robbery, burglary, and
“carnapping,” within the past 6 months, higher than the 1.2
million families in June.

Majority were victims of street robbery at 1.1 million
families, higher than the 930,000 in June 2018.

SWS added that more families at 159,000 also reported physical
violence within the past 6 months. This is higher than the
estimated 50,000 families reported in June.


Fewer Filipinos meanwhile at 52 percent, fear that robbers
might break into their homes.

This is lower than the 55 percent recorded in June 2018, and
the lowest since the 49 percent in December 2011, SWS said.

Fear of burglaries remained highest in Metro Manila at 66
percent, followed by Balance Luzon at 53 percent, Visayas at 49
percent, and Mindanao at 44 percent.

Fear of walking the streets at night and belief that there are
drug addicts in their respective neighborhoods meanwhile
remained unchanged since June 2018 at 46 percent and 41 percent

Families that fear unsafe streets are also highest in Metro
Manila at 59 percent, followed by Visayas at 46 percent,
Balance Luzon at 45 percent, and Mindanao at 42 percent.

The same goes for the belief of drug addicts in the
neighborhood with 63 percent in Metro Manila, 42 percent in
Visayas, 39 percent in Balance Luzon, and 30 percent in

The third quarter SWS survey was conducted from Sept. 15-23,
2018 using face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults nationwide
and has a +/- 3 percent margin of error for national

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