Perceptions are like opinions and some other oft-mentioned body parts, everybody has their own and their own outlook as to what they see & feel and this may change depending on if there is an agenda or not.The perception index they cited needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Some easily scared people may make a city sound worse than most people feel it to be. Other times, city boosters who are in denial or politicians propping up a city will give their cities a better perception rating than some cities deserve.
Also, thats for Manila. Isnt this the same study that ranked Davao the 20th safest safest city in the world based on perception indexes?
A friend of ours has lived all over the world and felt that Cebu was safer than anywhere in the US and much of Europe.
Once you start looking at smaller cities, the perceptions seem to change greatly.
I don't think the level of crime has change much it's the level of reporting that fluctuates, the same happens everywhere. If it is perceived that the police don't do anything if you report a crime the numbers that report drops and hense the levels of crime drop.:confused2:Philippine Star – Mon, Aug 3, 2015
While the Philippine National Police (PNP) claimed a 60 percent decrease in crimes in Metro Manila, the number of crimes committed nationwide increased by about 46 percent during the first six months of the year as compared to the same period last year.
I've done that a few times. I did feel safer or perhaps it was because I wasn't thinking about crime in the presence of a couple of beautiful "escorts".Depends on how you get around, if you go from point A to point B in a vehicle but don't walk around the streets or your neighborhood you could feel very safe, especially if you have escorts.
Syndicates will target you, watch your every move and use several people to scam you out of your money. Nothing wrong with facing and talking to people it can become a lonely place to live, I notice this the other day, I was in the grocery and an older expat man came in got his loaf of bread and I swear his eyes were either on the floor or on the bread....jezzz, yes he seemed to be aware of what was going on around him but I felt he could have looked around or been less of a lifeless zombie, you can't avoid someone who's gonna try to rip you off .Its gottabe Erap. How else could the numbers possibly go down?
Thanks for permitting my first post. Lived here 3 years now. It's a great retirement for me as long as I don't have to deal with the people very much.
Most crime here is opportunistic, but smile and don't be confrontational. Wherever you go or whatever you're doing, if you're a foreigner, people are watching you.
I went down the street today to go to an exterior BPI ATM, knowing people would be watching me. I was too lazy to walk to the mall. I always wear sunglasses during the day so they can't see where I'm looking. They watched me walk to the ATM, saw me use it and take money out, and watched me walk back to the condo building.
They were just wishing I'd get hit by a garbage truck!
Or, like most locals I talk to, just admire and think you're some Hollywood actor vacationing in the Islands.
Locals still have colonialism running in their bloods.
are you serious ?Or go to a 7/11 and people will watch through the window from the outside to see what kind of bills you're paying with and how much change you're getting back.
Since you specifically chose to reply to my comment here is my piece of mind.Colonialism ?
Since I knew about Filipinos, about more than ten plus plus years, worked with them, lived with them, made relatives ..
I don't think it's about Colonialism
Depending on the area, it can be from simple jealousy, and that jealousy often being encouraged by the politicians/stars/anybody who thinks the foreigners are eating into their money, money that must be shared with the local power-man .. to ... stereotyping as race x, y or z has this or that or that trait.
Like example, a week ago there were two Indians Shot in Dagupan
In Social Media, few remember they are Filipinos, having lived here for 3 or so generations, and all that is noted is that they are Indians, from India, which has 1,2 billion population, and killing a couple is ok, and anyway all Indians are crooked and into money lending, so it's still ok to have them killed... !!
And likewise, when a Filipino Chinese gets robbed or killed, the stereotyping goes that they are Chinese, so the have pledged their allegiance to China, and China is war mongering .. so it's ok to have a few Chinese bumped off, even though the majority of the "CHINESE" in Filipinos are more loyal to Philippines than the Filipino natives themselves, the natives ready to jump ship at the first opportunity..
And such comments often come from Newly Educated University Students and such, and that's how much they believe tsismis than reality.
After a while, you get used to living in Philippines, don't argue with the natives and their wild theories, and remember to keep your common sense in another room ..
PS, talking about "foreigners" .. this is a nice reading
Man who did not abandon Tacloban passes away | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com
I am too not here to argue, but I was highlighting the apathy that exists, from non-natives, in general sense, sort of 'bahala nah' - when somebody gets killed needlessly, and even less concern if the person is foreign descent- the latest being the singer who was killed, turned out he was of chinese descent and a fair majority are like 'who cares, he was chinese and rich anyway .. ' .. ..Anyways, I'm not here to start a personal argument with anyone.
You may take my word with a pinch of salt and leave it at that.