The Philippine Star reports: “An estimated 1.8 million Filipinos have been victimized by common crimes in the second half of 2018, the highest recorded by Social Weather Stations (SWS) last year. The fourth quarter survey – conducted from Dec. 16 to 19 with the results released late Friday – showed 7.6 percent of Filipino families reporting at least one member who experienced common crimes in the past six months. It is higher than the 6.1 percent or 1.4 million who experienced common crimes between April to September 2018 and the 5.3 percent or 1.2 million recorded in the first half of 2018.
“Common crimes include pickpocket or robbery of personal property, break-ins, carjacking and physical violence. Based on the survey, most of the cases were identified as street robberies, increasing from 4.6 percent or 1.1 million from the period April to September 2018 to 5.2 percent or 1.2 million in the second half of last year. Cases of break-ins and physical assault also rose nationwide, while carjacking of any type of motor vehicle went down from an estimated 50,000 cases to around 9,000. Meanwhile, fear of burglary and unsafe streets also sharply increased in the recent survey.”