More Filipinos fear burglaries, unsafe streets
MANILA - Some 1.8 million families fell victim to common crimes in the last quarter of 2018, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed Friday.
The poll conducted last December 16 to 19 found 7.6 percent of Filipino families were victimized by crimes such as pickpocketing or robbery, break-ins, "carnapping," and physical violence during the period.
This is 1.5 points higher than the 6.1 percent or 1.4 million families reported in September 2018.
Most of the victims fell prey to street robbery with 5.2 percent or around 1.2 million families, with the crime rising in all areas except Balance Luzon, which fell to 3.3 percent from 3.9 percent in the previous quarter.
It remained highest in Metro Manila (10 percent), followed by Mindanao (8.3 percent), and Visayas (2.5 percent).
The survey found 2.8 percent or 655,000 families were victimized by break-ins, which rose in all areas except in the Visayas, where it fell by 1.7 points to 0.6 percent in December.
The crime was highest in Metro Manila (4.7 percent), followed by Mindanao (4.2 percent), and Balance Luzon (2.5 percent).
Cases of physical violence also increased in all areas except in the Visayas, where it fell to 0.3 percent from 1.7 percent in September 2018.
It was highest in Metro Manila (2.8 percent), followed by Balance Luzon and Mindanao with 1.7 percent each.
Fear of walking the streets
Meanwhile, more Filipinos at 61 percent fear that robbers might break into their homes, higher than the 52 percent in September 2018.
Fear of being robbed remained highest in Metro Manila at 66 percent, followed by Visayas at 64 percent, Balance Luzon at 63 percent, and Mindanao at 52 percent.
Fear of walking the streets at night also rose to 54 percent from 46 percent in the previous quarter.
Filipinos who believe that there are drug addicts in their respective neighborhoods, however, fell in Metro Manila and Mindanao to 53 percent and 26 percent from 63 percent and 30 percent, respectively.
SWS earlier said majority of Filipinos believe there were fewer drug users in their communities in the last quarter of 2018.