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Leading crimes in the Philippines 2018, by type

In 2018, approximately 23.6 thousand incidents were reported for theft in the Philippines. Furthermore, crimes inflicting physical injury against other persons amounted to around 21.5 thousand.

Theft in the Philippines

Of all the crime incidents recorded under the crimes against properties in the Philippines, theft was the most commonly reported, amounting to around 22 thousand cases. Poverty was found to be one of the major causes of stealing in the country. In 2018, the population below the Philippines' poverty line was among the highest in the Asia Pacific region.

Physical injury in the Philippines

Of all the crimes against persons in the Philippines, inflicting physical injury was the most serious, with nearly 13 thousand reported incidents as of 2019. Physical injury is one of the eight focus crimes of the Philippine National Police (PNP), which also included robbery and theft, among others. The overall tallied incidents for this type of crime had significantly dropped in recent years. As of 2018, incidents of physical injury had been reduced by fourfold in the country compared to the previous year.

Most prevalent crimes in the Philippines in 2018, by type

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Release date

February 2019



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Supplementary notes

Prevalent crimes are those that hit the top of the crime list or far outweigh any other crime in a particular area such as drug trafficking and illegal gambling.

Figures have been rounded.

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