Drug addicts, burglars still worry Filipinos despite crime drop: survey

Christian V. Esguerra, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 30 2019 11:34 PM | Updated as of Oct 31 2019 10:06 AM

MANILA—Fewer Filipinos reported falling victim to common crimes such as street robberies and car thefts nationwide in the past 6 months, a new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Wednesday showed.

But 38 percent of respondents in the Sept. 27 to 30 survey said they were still afraid of drug users in their communities, the same number recorded in June.

Concern over drug addicts in Mindanao neighborhoods increased by 8 points from 27 percent in June.

Fear of drug users among Metro Manila residents was slightly down at 51 percent, while Visayas recorded a 10-point decrease from 41 percent in June. The number remained at 38 percent for the rest of Luzon.

Overall, the number of respondents saying they were victimized by common crimes went down by 1.4 points to 5.6 percent or around 1.4 million. The June survey recorded 7 percent, which translated to around 1.7 million Filipino victims.

“We see here that the level of fear still remains high. So kung nabiktima ka, it affects your level of fear and when you become fearful of your environment, of the streets, the place where you live in, it affects many things about your life,” said Gerardo Sandoval, SWS fellow and data processing director.

Forty-seven percent or nearly half of 1,800 adults surveyed last month said they were still afraid to walk in the streets at night, while concern about burglaries went up by 4 points from 55 percent in June.

Metro Manila recorded the most fear of burglaries at 65 percent, followed by the rest of Luzon at 63 percent, which was up by 8 points compared to the June survey. The number also increased by 7 points in Mindanao at 54 percent.

Among those who said their streets were still unsafe, the number went up to 45 percent among Mindanao respondents compared to 41 percent in June.

The figure was highest in Metro Manila at 49 percent, followed by Visayas (48 percent) and the rest of Luzon (47 percent).