By Genalyn Kabiling
The government has promised to strive to keep all communities “permanently safe” even as it highlighted a new survey showing that less families fell victim to property crimes.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella attributed the reduction in crime victimization to the government’s relentless drive to fight crimes and illegal drugs while recognizing the need to sustain such campaign.
“The government’s campaign against crimes and illegal drugs has resulted in less robberies, less physical violence, less fear of being in public spaces,” Abella said.
“Efforts ensuring public safety in the first year of the Duterte administration are yielding positive results; however, more needs to be accomplished in making sure that our streets, neighborhoods and communities are kept permanently safe, not only within Metro Manila but also in the rest of the country,” he added.
A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, conducted from June 23 to 26, showed 3.1 percent or an estimated 706,000 families claiming to have lost property to street robbers, burglars, or car thieves in the past six months. This was a 3.2 percentage points drop from 6.3 percent recorded in March 2017.
The same survey indicated 0.6 percent or estimated 149,000 families with members hurt by physical violence, from 0.7 percent or 155,000 families back in March.
Abella said it was also “noteworthy” to mention that fear of streets has fallen in Metro Manila by 3 percent from 54 percent in March 2017 to 51 percent in June 2017.
The presence of many drug addicts also decreased by 11 percent in Metro Manila from 65 percent in March 2017 to 54 percent in June 2017, Abella said.
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