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Crime in the Philippines - statistics & facts

Crime in the Philippines is one of the concerns facing every local, especially those living in the country's larger urban cities. Maintaining security and order is challenging for the police because of increasing crime rates since 2009.

The Philippines’ score for the order and security index resulted in one of the lowest rankings among countries in the Asia Pacific region. Furthermore, a recent finding put the country’s intentional homicide rates highest in all of Asia.

Demographics of crime

Of all the country's regions, the National Capital Region, which is highly urbanized, had the highest volumes of crime. The region’s average monthly crime rate was around 90 per 100,000 people as of 2018.

In a recent finding, the most prevalent crimes in the Philippines were theft and physical injury. Crime against property accounted for more than 30 percent of the country’s entire crime list. Physical injury, on the other hand, occupied around 28 percent. Compared to 2017’s findings, crimes of this variety declined, recording a fourfold drop.

Drug-related crime incidents

The use of illegal drugs causes a significant number in crime all over the Philippines. In 2018, the NCR’s regional police office tallied approximately 14 thousand crime incidents involving the illegal use of drugs. Other regional police offices crossing the five thousand mark were regions 4A, three, and seven. Since taking office on June 30, 2016, the Philippines’ president carried out a war on drugs, resulting in an anti-narcotics crackdown all over the country, with many people being arrested. Unsurprisingly, the National Capital Region made up the highest numbers of arrested persons, while the number of solved cases here also far exceeded other regions as of 2018.

Order and security enforcement

As of 2020, the country’s order and security index score in terms of the absence of crime was almost 0.7, where a result of one meant it was effectively controlled. In the past year, the Philippine National Police strengthened its crime solution initiatives, which significantly helped the nation in its crime solution efficiency. Frequent joint talks about peace and security between the agencies of Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines could help in making a safer country.

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