1.4 million Filipino families fell victim to common crimes- survey


Posted at Nov 29 2018 08:45 PM

MANILA- More Filipino families fell victim to common crimes, results of the September 2018 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Thursday showed.

Around 1.4 million families or 6.1 percent said they were victimized by common crimes such as pickpocketing or robbery, break-ins, "carnapping," and physical violence in the past 6 months. 

This is higher than the 1.2 million families or 5.3 percent that reported victimization by common crimes in June this year. 

More families at 1.3 miliion also said they were victimized by property crimes such as street robbery, burglary, and "carnapping," within the past 6 months, higher than the 1.2 million families in June.

Majority were victims of street robbery at 1.1 million families, higher than the 930,000 in June 2018.

SWS added that more families at 159,000 also reported physical violence within the past 6 months. This is higher than the estimated 50,000 families reported in June.


Fewer Filipinos meanwhile at 52 percent, fear that robbers might break into their homes.

This is lower than the 55 percent recorded in June 2018, and the lowest since the 49 percent in December 2011, SWS said.

Fear of burglaries remained highest in Metro Manila at 66 percent, followed by Balance Luzon at 53 percent, Visayas at 49 percent, and Mindanao at 44 percent.

Fear of walking the streets at night and belief that there are drug addicts in their respective neighborhoods meanwhile remained unchanged since June 2018 at 46 percent and 41 percent respectively.

Families that fear unsafe streets are also highest in Metro Manila at 59 percent, followed by Visayas at 46 percent, Balance Luzon at 45 percent, and Mindanao at 42 percent.

The same goes for the belief of drug addicts in the neighborhood with 63 percent in Metro Manila, 42 percent in Visayas, 39 percent in Balance Luzon, and 30 percent in Mindanao.

The third quarter SWS survey was conducted from Sept. 15-23, 2018 using face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults nationwide and has a +/- 3 percent margin of error for national percentages.