The Philippine National Police credits the slight increase in the number of Filipinos who fell victim to crime within the last three months to a higher public confidence in reporting crime instances.
“Overall, we take this empirical measure of public perception of experience with crime as an indication of greater feeling of safety from crime and subsequently lesser fear of crime,” sad PNP Chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde in a statement on Sunday.
Albayalde was referring to the recently published results of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey on crime victimization during the third quarter of 2018, covering the months of July to September. The survey found that crime directly affected 6.1 percent of the population, or about 1.4 million Filipinos, during this period. While the finding are a slight increase from Q2’s 5.4 percent, or 1.2 million crime victims, it is comparatively lower to previous records.
“This number is, in fact, an improvement from the 6.6% crime victimization rate posted in the 1st quarter from January thru March 2018 and the double digit 11.4% from April to June 2016,” said Albayalde.
The PNP chief also assured the public that the crime numbers “remain manageable”. Albayalde said that the spike in crime statistics could also be due to the “seasonal” nature of some crimes, which increase as the holidays approach.
According to the SWS, the most common crimes include pickpocketing or robbery of personal property, break-ins, carnapping, and physical violence.
To address the cycle of increasing crime at the end of the year, Albayalde said the PNP is stepping up operations and reinforcing current efforts against street crime and other forms of criminal activity associated with the holiday season. These include non-contact crimes through cyberspace or telecommunication platforms, both of which are quickly growing in notoriety as forms of crime against property.
Albayalde cited that the same SWS survey, which was conducted from Sept 15-23, 2018, showed that citizens report an increased feeling of safety and security against property crimes like burglary. From 55 percent vulnerability reported in June 2018, the September results posted only 52%.
Overall, Albayalde said that the national efforts to fight crime and improve citizen safety is successful.
“In our analysis of the national crime environment, 10-month Total Crime Volume decreased 13.06 percent in January thru October 2018 as compared with the Total Crime Volume during the same period in 2017,” the PNP chief explained.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Saturday said that the Duterte administration remains steadfast in its fight against criminality and illegal narcotics.