UP Diliman tightens security after robbery incident-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
SECURITY was tightened at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman on Tuesday after unidentified robbers had stripped a Political Science professor of her cash and belongings while inside the campus.
John Barona, acting chief security officer, said additional security forces have been assigned inside the premier state university.
"We are still on the process of arranging things regarding the security here in the campus. Equipped naman tayo. May security agency kami dito and right now we are communicating with them so as we could have additional securities here," Barona said.
As part of the security measures, students and professors have been reminded to take extra precautions while inside the campus, he said.
On Monday afternoon, Professor Perlita Frago was attacked and robbed by unidentified men at the parking lot across Palma Hall.
Fargo was handcuffed and gagged as the suspects drove her car around the campus while taking her belongings. Suspects forced her to give her ATM's security pin so they can withdraw her money. The suspects took P29,000 cash from her bank account, her mobile phone and jewelries.
An hour and a half later, the suspects dropped her off at the same parking lot. From there, Frago made her way to the Political Science department and asked for help.
Some students believed that security measures inside the school campus are not being observed.
Angelica Bonot, 19, Bachelor of Science in Education major in Biology student, said security measures in the campus is not tight.
"Madalang kaming makakita ng security guard na nag-iikot. Tapos karaniwan pa sa mga daan walang poste ng ilaw," she said.
Police report showed that from September 22, 2013 to October 16, 2013, there were 20 reported incidents of theft inside the campus.
Barona said that despite of campus' strict security measures, similar incidents are inevitable.
"Crime 'yan. Hindi pa rin natin masasabi kung kailan at saan mangyayari 'yan kahit na anong higpit ang gawin natin," he said.
UP Diliman is a 493-hectare campus, which covers seven barangays. It caters to 120,000 people and accessible to anybody, at any time of the day, especially on weekends.
"Public kasi ang place natin. Hindi natin pwedeng pigilan 'yung mga tao na pumasok. That is very impossible. Ang problema, hindi pa din natin ma-identify agad kung sino 'yung gagawa ng masama," Barona said.
The university currently has university 42 police officers and more than 200 security guards and security service brigade.
"We are currently planning sa kung ano ang dapat naming gawin para hindi na tumaas pa ang mga insidente ng crime dito sa campus," Barona said.
"Sa pagdadagdag ng police, we admit kaunti talaga sila, from a hundred down to 42. Right now kasi naka-freeze hiring tayo for the position temporarily kasi there were no filling of vacancies. Pinag-uusapan pa namin ang pagdadagdag ng mga 'yan. So that mas marami din silang mag-iikot sa campus. Also 'yung additional light in the side streets," he added.
A study released in 2009 showed that the areas of the Chapel and its vicinity, the Engineering parking, The Vinzons Hall, the FC/CAL and the Palma Hall are the "hot-spots" of crimes in UP Diliman campus.
Until now, the security department is still considering its findings.
"Hindi pa rin naman kami nagkukulang sa paalala sa mga tao lalo na sa mga estudyante na laging mag-ingat," Barona added. (Sunnex)