Saturday, July 21, 2007

(UPDATED) Katipunan security tightens, hold-up incidents down 85%

by Acor Arceo

QUEZON CITY, Philippines -- Katipunan Avenue is now safer for students, according to 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, the hold-up incidents lessened by 85 percent.

“Before, students were victimized frequently,” he said 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 the incident to the authorities.

Now, however, armed Barangay Security and Development Office (BSDO) personnel have been stationed at the Katipunan footbridges. A policeman from PNP Station 9 on Anonas also patrols the area.

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

“That’s good, especially at night 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 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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