Results of a December 16-19 poll of 1,440 adults show 7.6 percent (estimated 1.8 million) of families said they were victims of robbery, break-ins, car theft and physical violence, up by 1.5 points from 6.1 percent (estimated 1.4 million) posted in the September survey.
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SWS: More Pinoy families victimized by common crimes in Q4 2018
(Philstar.com) - February 23, 2019 - 2:34pm

MANILA, Philippines — The proportion of Filipino families that reported being victimized by common crimes in the past six months rose in the final three months of 2018, a new Social Weather Stations survey found.

Results of a December 16-19 poll of 1,440 adults show 7.6 percent (estimated 1.8 million) of families said they were victims of robbery, break-ins, car theft and physical violence, up by 1.5 points from 6.1 percent (estimated 1.4 million) posted in the September survey.

The latest reading was the highest since the similar 7.6 percent recorded in December 2017.

In the same report, SWS said 61 percent of Filipino adults fear burglary, up by nine points from the 52 percent in September.

The pollster also found 54 percent of respondents saying they fear walking on the streets at night, climbing by eight points from the 46 percent in the preceding quarter.

Nonetheless, SWS said respondents who noticed many drug addicts in the neighbourhood dropped two points to 39 percent in the fourth quarter.

“Except in March 2013 and June 2016 when it was at 10.5% and 11.4% respectively, victimization of families by any common crime has been at single-digit levels from March 2012 to December 2018,” SWS said.

“Victimization by common crimes reported in SWS surveys is much higher than the number of crimes actually reported to the police,” it added.

President Rodrigo Duterte, a former city mayor, beat his more moneyed rivals and won the race to Malacañang in 2016 promising to eradicate crime and solve his country’s drug menace in three to six months.

He later sought a six-month extension to his drug crackdown, saying he was shocked by the magnitude of the problem when he became president. — Ian Nicolas Cigaral

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