MANILA, Philippines — More Filipino families have been victimized by common crimes in the past six months, the result of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.
The poll conducted in December 2018 showed that an estimated 1.8 million or 7.6 percent Filipino families reported having been victimized by crimes, including “pickpocket or robbery of personal property, break-ins, carnapping, and physical violence.”
The number was 1.5 points higher than the September 2018 survey, which recorded that 6.1 percent or 1.4 million families have been victimized by crime, SWS said.
The pollster also found that 61 percent of Filipino adults were “fearful” of burglary, which is nine points higher than the 52 percent who said the same in September 2018.
SWS also found that 54 percent were scared of walking the streets at night, an eight-point increase from 46 percent in September 2018.
The result also found that 39 percent of families reported that there are many drug addicts in their neighborhood, which is two points lower than the 41 percent in June and September 2018.
The poll, conducted from Dec. 16 to Dec. 19, 2018, surveyed 1,440 respondents aged 18 years old and above in Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.
SWS asked this survey question: “Ngayon, nais po naming malaman ang karanasan ninyo at ng iba pang miyembro ng inyong pamilyang nakatira dito, tungkol sa krimen. Nitong nakaraang 6 buwan, kayo ba o kahit na sinong miyembro ng inyong pamilya ay naging biktima ng… (Pandurukot o pagnanakaw ng pansariling kagamitan; Pagpasok o break-in sa tahanan; Pagnanakaw ng kotse o sasakyang de motor o wala kayong sasakyang de motor; Pambubugbog, pananaksak o iba pang karahasan)? Kung OO: Ilang beses po?”
[Now, we would also like to know your experiences and those of other family members residing here, regarding crime. In the past six months, have you or any member of your family been a victim of… (pick-pocketing/robbery of personal property; Break-in at respondent’s residence; carnapping or no motor vehicle; Physical violence)? IF YES: How many times?].” /ee
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