The Puerto Princesa City Police Office (PPCPO) Station 2 has warned residents of Barangay Sta. Lourdes to be more safety-conscious following a series of break-ins and robberies in the area.
Inspector Mark Anthony Maceda, deputy commander of the PPCPO Station 2, said residents should keep their valuables safe at home at all times of the day, and encouraged investing in closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to help resolve their cases, should they fall victims.
He stated robberies and burglaries are not only committed by unscrupulous individuals at night; they also happen at daytime when most residents are at work.
“Ang problema kasi ngayon itinataon talaga na walang tao ‘yong bahay kaya napapasok, wala ring mga CCTV. Karamihan ngayon pinapasok talaga ‘yong bahay kapag araw lalo na sa liblib na lugar,” said Maceda.
He disclosed that this month alone, the PPCPO Station 2 has already logged five robbery incident reports in Sta. Lourdes.
“Mga nasa more or less five. Meron na kaming nagrereport doon sa station na ninakawan nga sila, [sa] Sta. Lourdes. Marami, sa katunayan nakaraan meron tayong robbery diyan sa Sta. Lourdes din banda. Di lang talaga ‘yan sa Sta. Lourdes, siguro nagkakataon lang talaga na walang mga tao ‘yong mga bahay na napapasok,” he stated.
He noted that the burglarized homes were located in relatively isolated neighborhoods.
He added the burglars took everything, even items that have no monetary value, from these victims’ houses.
“Sa mga matataong lugar, di naman sila makapagnakaw sa maraming kapitbahay. Tsaka halos na mga ninanakawan ay walang kapitbahay, isolated ‘yong bahay, naiwan ng walang tao. Kung ano ‘yong puwede nilang madala kinukuha nila, unang-una mga pera, alahas. Pero ‘yong sa mga nai-report naman cellphone tsaka mga pera ang nakukuha,” he added.
Maceda pointed out that the residents must take charge of their own safety by keeping their doors and windows locked and by never leaving their houses unattended. He said if possible, home owners should set up security cameras.
“Hindi ko masasabi kung isang tao lang ‘yan, kasi hindi rin namin ma-identify [pa] ang mga suspects. Ang mai-a-advice ko lang sana maging security-conscious sila. Pinakamaganda kung meron naman tayong kakayanan, mag-invest tayo ng CCTV, for security na rin natin ‘yan sa sarili at sa property. Huwag nating hahayaan na nakabukas ‘yong pintuan natin, i-lock natin ng maayos at sana mag-iwan pa rin ng tao sa loob ng bahay,” he further added.
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