MANILA - An estimated 1.7 million Filipino families fell victim to violence and common crimes in the last quarter of 2017, the highest incidence of victimization since June 2016 when President Rodrigo Duterte took office, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed Friday.
The survey, conducted last December 8-16, 2017, showed that 7.6 percent of Filipino families reported victimization by any of the common crimes including violence, robbery, break-ins and carjackings.
This is 1.5 points above the 6.1% or an estimated 1.4 million families in September 2017, and the highest since the 11.4% in June 2016.
SWS said 7.1 percent of Filipino families or an estimated 1.6 million Filipino families lost property to street robbery including pickpockets or robberies of personal property, burglars (break-ins), or carjackers within the past six months.
The new rating is 1.3 percent higher than the September 2017 survey of 5.8 percent, which is equivalent to about 1.3 million families.
However, due to the record-low property crime rate of 3.1% in June 2017, the resulting annual average for 2017 was a record-low 5.6%.
The survey also found 0.8% or 188,000 families with members hurt by physical violence within the past six months. This is 0.3 point above the 0.5% or 115,000 families in September 2017, and the highest since the 0.9% in June 2016.
The resulting 2017 average of 0.7% victimized by physical violence is lower than the 0.8% annual average in 2016, and similar to the 0.7% annual average in 2015.
SWS said the survey asks respondents whether any household member became a victim of street robbery, home break-in, carjacking or violence in the past 6 months.
"Victimization by common crimes reported in SWS surveys is much higher than the number of crimes actually reported to the police," SWS said in its report.
The fourth quarter figure, conducted from December 8 to 16, surveyed 1,200 adults nationwide.
STREET ROBBERY RISING
The latest survey found that street robbery, break-ins, and carjacking incidents are rising.
SWS said there were an estimated 1 million families that fell victim to street robbery, 790,000 families reported having break-ins, and 108,000 families lost motor vehicles in the last quarter.
Families robbed of their personal property outside their homes fell in Mindanao and the rest of Luzon.
But street robbery in Visayas and Metro Manila rose respectively at 5 percent and 10.3 percent.
Families victimized by break-ins decreased in Mindanao, but it rose in major parts of the country.
The SWS survey showed Metro Manila at 5.3 percent, the rest of Luzon at 3.3 percent, and Visayas at 3.7 percent.
Carjacking also increased in Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, and Visayas. They reported 1.1 percent, 1.5 percent, and 1.8 percent respectively.
However, the December 2017 survey found that 57 percent of Filipino adults nationwide said "the safety of their family is better now compared to six months ago."
It rose to 7 percent compared to September 2017's survey at 50 percent.
The figure is highest in Mindanao at 71 percent, followed by Metro Manila at 63 percent, Visayas at 59 percent, and the rest of Luzon at 47 percent.
But families fearing of burglaries remained steady in Visayas and had increased in Mindanao, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.
Unsafe streets also remain an issue in Visayas and rises in Mindanao. However, the figure fell in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.
The SWS report also showed that the presence of drug addicts fell in Metro Manila neighborhoods from 60 percent to 50 percent.
However, it increased in Visayas, Mindanao and the rest of Luzon at 43 percent, 30 percent, and 45 percent respectively.