The Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, which used face-to-face interviews of 1,500 respondents last December 3-6, found 4.5 percent or an estimated 2.8 million families claiming they have lost property to either street robbery, burglars or break-ins, or carnappers in the past six months.
The latest figure is lower than September 2016’s 6.4 percent or an estimated 4 million families. This brings to a new record-low Filipinos’ experience of criminality, SWS said.
Likewise, the annual average of criminality experience also hit an all-time low of 5.5 percent in 2016 from 6.2 percent in 2015.
In particular, the percentage of families who said they experienced street robbery in the past six months declined from 4.6 percent (2.8 million households) in September to a new record-low 3.4 percent (2.1 million households) in December.
Fewer families also said they experienced home burglary, with 1.8 percent (1.1 million households) in December from 2.2 percent (1.4 million households) in September.
Meanwhile, about 0.5 percent or 115,000 households said they were robbed of a motor vehicle in the December survey, which is higher than the 0.2 percent or an estimated 57,000 families in September.
During the same survey period, the number of families who said their family members suffered from physical violence towards the end of 2016 barely moved at 0.7 percent (454,000 households).
However, SWS found that fear among Filipino families has been rising.
About 52 percent of the households said they are aware that “there are already very many people addicted to banned drugs” in their neighborhoods, lower than September 2016’s 56 percent.
But the annual average hit a new record-high of 56.3 percent in 2016 from 48.3 percent in 2015.
Those who feared that robbers might break into their homes was almost the same at 63 percent from 62 percent in the previous quarter. SWS pointed out that the annual average went up 60.3 percent last year from 54.3 percent in 2015.
Likewise, those who felt that streets are not safe at night hardly moved from 53 percent to 54 percent though the annual average increased from 44.3 percent to 50.5 percent.
Source: Manila Bulletin