MANILA, Philippines – With the rise of criminal incidents in Quezon City, communities have decided to form anti-crime groups to keep their neighborhoods safe.
A meeting between concerned residents, local officials and Quezon City Police was held on Saturday to form a neighborhood crime watch.
The meeting was scheduled days after the gate crashing and burglary of the “akyat bahay” gang during a birthday party, the shooting of a PMA cadet who tried to stop a robbery, and the kidnapping of an 8-year-old girl in Quezon City.
Stakeholders also found out that Quezon City lacks policemen, with a single policeman handling about 900 residents.
“Kapag may nakita kang problema sa kapitbahay, may alangananin, immediately tatawagan mo ‘yung kapitbahay mo, aalertahan mo ‘yung security,” said Atty. Kit Belmonte, spokesperson of the Neighborhood Crime Watch
Crime victims also shared their experiences and proposed different solutions, including the voluntary patrolling of each member of the community.
Others want closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in strategic areas.
“Ang problema kung tahimik tayo, mamamayagpag ang mga kokonti lang naman na masasamang loob,” said Belmonte.
Residents and local officials of Quezon City hope that with the neighborhood crime watch as force multipliers, peace and order will be maintained in their communities. -- Report from Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News; ANC