Philippines Expat: Has security got worse in Cebu,Philippines over the years?

Cebu life and after 8 years one of the regular questions is still “is it safe in Cebu?”. For the majority of travelers the answer is yes. Majority of crime is petty crime and generally most areas are well guarded. Cebu I find I have never really felt unsafe in the times I lived there. I still recommend Cebu as an initial destination if moving to the Philippines for the first time.