New SWS survey shows gains in fight vs common crimes

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 20 2018 08:40 PM

Record-low 0.2% reported having family members hurt by physical violence 

MANILA - A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey in June 2018 shows fewer families reporting that they were victims of any of the common crimes in the past 6 months. 

The nationwide survey conducted June 27-30, 2018 found 5.3% (around 1.2 million) families reporting that they were victimized by any of the common crimes such as pickpocket or robbery, break-ins, carnapping and physical violence in the past 6 months. 

This is 1.3 percentage points lower than the 6.6% (around 1.5 million) families in March 2018. SWS said it is also the "lowest since the record-low 3.7% in June 2017." 

SWS pointed out in its media release that "Victimization by common crimes reported in SWS surveys is much higher than the number of crimes actually reported to the police."

FEWER PROPERTY CRIMES, VICTIMS OF PHYSICAL VIOLENCE

Breaking down the data on common crimes, SWS said fewer families reported losing property to street robbery, break-ins, or carnapping in the past 6 months.

Around 1.2 million or 5.1 percent reported property crimes in June 2018, lower than the 1.4 million or 6.1 percent in March 2018. 

In the June 2018 survey, a record-low 0.2 percent or 45,000 families reported having members hurt by physical violence in the past six months, SWS said.

The June 2018 survey also found that 4 percent or around 930,000 families were victimized by street robbery during the past 6 months, down by 0.6 points from 4.6 percent or 1.1 million in March 2018. 

The figure is the lowest since the record-low 2.3 percent in June 2017, SWS said.

The number of families who fell victim to break-ins also dropped by 0.4 points to 1.8 percent or 431,000 families from the 516,000 (2.2 percent) reported in March 2018.

The figure is the lowest since the 1.1 percent in June 2017, SWS said.

Meanwhile, the number of families who were robbed of vehicles remained unchanged at 0.5 percent. 

A majority of 55 percent of Filipino adults agreed with the statement, "In this neighborhood, people are usually afraid that robbers might break into their houses." 

This is statistically the same as the 54 percent reported in March 2018, but lower than the 59 percent in December 2017. 

The number of Filipino adults who agreed with the statement, “In this neighborhood, people are usually afraid to walk in the street at night because it is not safe," remained unchanged at 46 percent. 

There is also almost no difference in the number of Filipino adults (41 percent) who agreed with the statement, “In this neighborhood there are already very many people addicted to banned drugs. 

The second quarter SWS survey was conducted from June 27 to 30 this year using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide and has a sampling error margin of ±2.5 percent for national percentages, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Last July, the Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman said there was a drop in crimes in the last 2 years, which shows that the Duterte administration was correct in its strategy. 

“The Duterte administration hit it right, meaning they hit the nail to the head ika nga, so to speak. That if you’re going to reduce crime, improve the peace and order, sense of public safety of the people, deal with the problem on illegal drugs, and we will make our communities safer than before,” PNP spokesperson Senior Supt. Benigno Durana said.