SWS: Fewer Filipinos report crime incidents in 2nd quarter

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(file photo) In 2014, the most common crimes reported to authorities were physical assault, robbery, and theft.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) — According to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), 5.3 percent of Filipinos say there were victims of common crimes from April to June of 2018.

That's an estimated 1.2 million Filipinos or 6.6 percent of the population, which is less than the estimated 1.5 million Filipinos who reported to be victims in the last quarter.

This is also the second lowest reported crime incidence since SWS started its survey in 1989. The record low was reported at 3.7 percent of the population in last year's second quarter survey.

However, more Filipinos feel the presence of drug addicts during the period, with reports falling only in Visayas by four points to 37 percent. The awareness of the presence of addicts rose in Metro Manila and Mindanao, by three and five points  to 54 and 38 percents respectively. It remained relatively the same in Balance Luzon, at 40 percent.

More respondents or 4.7 percent also report street robberies in Mindanao in the second quarter from 2.7 percent in March. Reports of the crime fell in the rest of the country.

Break-ins also rose in Mindanao and the Visayas, by 0.4 percent to 1.7 percent and by 1.0 percent to 2.7 percent respectively. Home robberies remained the same for all of Luzon.

Surprisingly, none of the respondents report being carnapped in Metro Manila and the Visayas. However incidence of the crime rose in Mindanao to 0.8 percent and in Balance Luzon to 0.7 percent. Both regions had zero reports the last quarter.

On the other hand, no respondent from Mindanao and Visayas reported to being victims of physical violence. Cases of physical violence fell in Metro Manila to 1.7 percent from the 2.0 percent reported last quarter. It remained at 0.3 percent in Balance Luzon for the third consecutive quarter.

Approximately half of the respondents report that they feel unsafe in the streets, feel the presence of drug addicts and fear burglary. This has been consistent since 2017.

SWS has a margin of error of  ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The pollster conducted face-to-face surveys with 300 adults age 18 and above from each region, to a total of 1,200 respondents.