SWS: Crime vic­tim­iza­tion drops to new record low but fears re­main

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VIC­TIM­IZA­TION by prop­erty crimes in the past six months fell to a new low but fears of an un­safe neigh­bor­hood have in­creased, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est sur­vey by So­cial Weather Sta­tions (SWS).

The sec­ond quar­ter sur­vey, con­ducted from June 23 to 26, which was first pub­lished by news­pa­pers Busi­ness World, found that 3.1 per­cent or an es­ti­mated 706,000 fam­i­lies have been vic­tim­ized by street rob­bery, bur­glary (break-ins), or car theft in the past six months.

SWS said the lat­est fig­ure was a new record-low, beat­ing the pre­vi­ous 4.5 per­cent or es­ti­mated one mil­lion recorded in De­cem­ber 2016.

The poll re­sult was also 3.2-per­cent­age points lower than the 6.3 per­cent or an es­ti­mated 1.4 mil­lion reg­is­tered in March 2017.

The sur­vey saw 0.6 per­cent or an es­ti­mated 149,000 fam­i­lies hurt by phys­i­cal vi­o­lence in the past six months, sim­i­lar to the 0.7 per­cent posted in September 2016 (es­ti­mated 162,000 fam­i­lies) and De­cem­ber 2016 (es­ti­mated 155,000 fam­i­lies).

The Filipinos who fell vic­tims to com­mon crimes was also at record-low of 3.7 per­cent or an es­ti­mated 840,000 fam­i­lies, lower by 1.2-per­cent­age points from the pre­vi­ous record-low of 4.9 per­cent or 1.1 mil­lion fam­i­lies in De­cem­ber 2016 and 3.1-per­cent­age points down by the 6.8 per­cent or 1.6 mil­lion fam­i­lies in March 2017.

SWS noted that crime vic­tim­iza­tion was at sin­gledigit lev­els from March 2012 to June 2017.

Vic­tims of street rob­bery dur­ing the past six months fell to a new record-low of 2.3 per­cent or 525,000 in June, three per­cent­age points be­low than the 5.3 per­cent in March.

Around 1.1 per­cent or 260,000 fam­i­lies were vic­tim­ized by bur­glars, a 0.8-per­cent­age point drop from March’s 1.9 per­cent or 435,000 fam­i­lies

The sur­vey showed 0.2 per­cent or 21,000 fam­i­lies own­ing any type of mo­tor were robbed, down by 0.8-per­cent­age point from one per­cent or 83,000 in March.

De­spite the drop on crime vic­tim­iza­tion, pub­lic’s fear of bur­glary went up by four-per­cent­age points to 59 per­cent in June from 56 per­cent last March. Fears of un­safe streets also rose to 52 per­cent from 50 per­cent in March.

Fear of many drug ad­dicts, mean­while, was down four-per­cent­age points to 52 per­cent in June from 48 per­cent in March.

Fear of bur­glar­ies and un­safe streets went up across all ge­o­graphic ar­eas, ex­cept in Metro Manila, which both de­clined to three-per­cent­age points (62 per­cent and 51 per­cent, re­spec­tively).

Fam­i­lies fear­ing bur­glar­ies rose by 11-per­cent­age points in Min­danao (61 per­cent), two-per­cent­age points in Visayas (50 per­cent), and one-per­cent­age point in Bal­ance Lu­zon (61 per­cent).

Fam­i­lies fear­ing un­safe streets fell two-per­cent­age points in Bal­ance Lu­zon (52 per­cent) but up by 13-per­cent­age points in Min­danao (55 per­cent) and one-per­cent­age point in Visayas (48 per­cent).

The pres­ence of drug ad­dicts fell by 11-per­cent­age points in Manila (54 per­cent) and by nine-per­cent­age points in Bal­ance Lu­zon (48 per­cent).

It rose, how­ever, by four per­cent­age points in Min­danao (48 per­cent) and three per­cent­age points in Visayas (43 per­cent).

In a state­ment, Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Ernesto Abella said the govern­ment’s cam­paign against crimes and il­le­gal drugs “has re­sulted in fewer rob­beries, less phys­i­cal vi­o­lence, less fear of be­ing in pub­lic spa­ces.”

“Ef­forts en­sur­ing pub­lic safety in the first year of the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion are yield­ing pos­i­tive re­sults,” Abella said.

“How­ever, more needs to be ac­com­plished in mak­ing sure that our streets, neigh­bor­hoods, and com­mu­ni­ties are kept per­ma­nently safe, not only within Metro Manila but also in the rest of the coun­try,” he added.

SWS in­ter­viewed 1,200 re­spon­dents -- 300 each in Metro Manila, Bal­ance Lu­zon, Visayas, and Min­danao.

It used sam­pling er­ror mar­gins of ±3 per­cent­age points for na­tional per­cent­ages and ±6 per­cent­age points for each of the said re­gions.

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