Thursday, July 19, 2007

Katipunan security tightens, hold-ups lessen by 85%

by Acor Arceo
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Katipunan Avenue is now safer for students, said Loyola Heights Barangay Public Security Officer Napoleon Casipe.

Casipe said that with the implementation of tightened security and foot patrols when classes started last June, hold-ups lessened by 85%.

“Before, students were really victimized frequently,” he said in Filipino in an interview. “Now, hold-up cases and snatching incidents have considerably lessened.”

Katipunan Avenue is home to several schools, including the Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College, and Kostka School.

Before, men riding motorcycles and cars without plate numbers often victimized students walking along Katipunan. Casipe said that these suspects often escaped before victims could report to the authorities.

But now, Casipe said that armed Barangay Security and Development Office (BSDO) personnel have been stationed at the Katipunan footbridges. A policeman from PNP Station 9 in Anonas also patrols the area.

Ateneo student and Katipunan dormer Gino Trinidad said that he feels safer knowing that security personnel are active.

“That’s good, especially at nighttime, since it’s really scary to walk along Katipunan when it’s dark,” he said in Filipino.

Meanwhile, Ateneo Security Detachment Commander Avelino Guzilan said that the Ateneo appreciates the efforts of the BSDO and PNP Station 9 in securing the area.

“That’s a good move by the BSDO. Criminals are now afraid to strike in Katipunan,” he said in a mix of English and Filipino. “Students are much safer now.”

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