The Philippine National Police (PNP) said the recorded drop in common crimes accounted for the government’s continuous efforts against illegal drugs.
“We have to relate this to the anti-drug campaign of the PNP Chief and the President and because of the intensified campaign against illegal drugs. We should acknowledge there was a substantial decrease in the number of common crimes,” PNP spokesperson, Chief Supt. John Bulalacao said on February 2.
Latest survey from Social Weather Station showed that common crimes posted a “record low” of an average 5.6 percent in 2017.
The recorded annual average for 2017 was 2 points dipped from the 7.6 percent annual average in 2016, the report said.
Those victimized by physicial violence had an average of 0.7 percent in the period, slightly lower versus the 0.8 percent in 2016.
Complaints from families victimized by street robbery ended 2017 with an average of 4.2 percent.
Moreover, the pollster found out lower averages for Filipino’s fear of burglary and presence of drug addicts. For fear of burglary, the survey revealed 57 percent, down 3.3 points from 2016’s average of 60.3 percent, while 49.8 percent of Filipinos fear unsafe street, only a notch dip compared to 2016’s average of 50.5 percent.
In addition, only 44.8 percent of the population think that there are many drug addicts who live in their neighborhood, which the SWS considers to be the lowest since the 2012 rate of 42 percent.
SWS conducted the poll from December 8 to 16 last year, through face-to-face interviews of 1, 200 adults from across the country.
It had a sample error margin of ±2.5 percent for national percentages, and ±6 percent in each region.