SWS: 1.4-M Filipino fam­i­lies vic­tim of crimes in past 6 months

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AROUND 6.1 per­cent or an es­ti­mated 1.4 mil­lion Filipino fam­i­lies have fallen vic­tims to sev­eral crimes in the past six months, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est sur­vey con­ducted by the So­cial Weather Sta­tions (SWS).

The Septem­ber 15 to 23 poll found that the num­ber of fam­i­lies who have been vic­tim­ized by com­mon crimes was slightly up by 0.7 per­cent­age point from June's 5.3 per­cent or an es­ti­mated 1.2 mil­lion and the same from Septem­ber 2017's 6.1 per­cent.

The SWS re­vealed that some 5.6 per­cent or an es­ti­mated 1.3 mil­lion Filipino fam­i­lies were vic­tim­ized by street rob­bery, bur­glary, or car theft, up by 0.5 per­cent­age point than June's 5.1 per­cent or an es­ti­mated 1.2 mil­lion but lower than March's 6.1 per­cent or an es­ti­mated 1.4 mil­lion.

About two per­cent or 474,000 fam­i­lies were vic- timized by bur­glary (higher than June's 1.8 per­cent or 431,000); 0.6 per­cent or around 50,000 by rob­bery (hardly mov­ing from June's 0.5 per­cent or 52,000); and 4.6 per­cent or es­ti­mated 1.1 mil­lion by street rob­bery (up from June's four per­cent or es­ti­mated 930,000).

The Septem­ber sur­vey showed that 52 per­cent of adult Filipinos feared that rob­bers might break into their houses, three per­cent­age points be­low than the 55 per­cent recorded in June.

Some 46 per­cent were afraid to walk in un­safe streets at night, while 41 per­cent ex­pressed fear over the pres­ence of re­ported drug ad­dicts in their re­spec­tive ar­eas.

The SWS also found that about 0.7 per­cent or an es­ti­mated 159,000 fam­i­lies were hurt by phys­i­cal vi­o­lence within the past six months, up by 0.5 per­cent­age point from the record­low 0.2 per­cent or es­ti­mated 45,000 in June.

In a state­ment, Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Salvador Panelo said the Palace wel­comed the lat­est poll re­sults, which are “iden­ti­cal to the statis­tic for the same pe­riod in the pre­vi­ous year.”

Panelo noted that Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte's ad­min­is­tra­tion made “sig­nif­i­cant strides” through its war against crim­i­nal­ity, in­clud­ing those re­lated to illegal drugs.

He said the gov­ern­ment's ef­forts to curb crim­i­nal­ity and illegal drugs al­low Filipinos to feel “safer” now.

The SWS in­ter­viewed 1,500 adult re­spon­dents us­ing sam­pling er­ror mar­gins of ±3 per­cent­age points for na­tional per­cent­ages, ±4 for Bal­ance Lu­zon, and ±6 per­cent­age points each for Metro Manila, Visayas, and Min­danao./sun­star Philip­pines

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