MANILA - The number of Filipinos who fell prey to crimes dropped in the last 6 months, but majority still feared burglaries and unsafe streets as the government forged on its tough law enforcement policy, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Tuesday.
Of 1,200 respondents surveyed between June 23 and 26, a new record low of 3.1 percent or an estimated 706,000 families said they lost property to street robbery, burglars and carjackers.
This surpassed the previous quarterly record of 6.3 percent victimization by property crimes in March, and is 1.4 points down from the previous record-low 4.5 percent in December 2016.
The survey also saw those saying family members suffered from physical violence at 0.6 percent, down from 0.7 percent in March.
The readings on property crime and physical violence yield a "record-low" 3.7 percent or 840,000) of families reporting victimization by any of the common crimes.
"This is 3.1 points below the 6.8 percent (est. 1.6 million) in March 2017, and is 1.2 points lower than the previous record-low of 4.9 percent (est. 1.1 million) in December 2016," SWS added.
First published in BusinessWorld, the SWS survey had error margins of ±3% for national percentages ±6% for regional readings.
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However, fear of burglaries has risen in all areas outside Metro Manila.
The survey said families fearing burglaries fell by 3 points in Metro Manila to 62 percent from June's 65 percent.
But it rose by 11 points in Mindanao (61 percent from 49 percent), 2 points in the Visayas (50 percent from 48 percent) and 1 point in Balance Luzon (61 percent from 60 percent).
Families fearing unsafe streets meanwhile fell by 3 points in Metro Manila (51 percent from 54 percent) and 2 points in Balance Luzon (52 percent from 54 percent). However, it rose by 13 points in Mindanao (55 percent from 42 percent) and 1 point the Visayas (48 percent from 47 percent.)
Malacañang said the survey indicates that the administration's effort to ensure public safety are yielding positive results.
"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," said Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella in a statement.