August – the hungry month

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Crime concerns.  Our construction crew are mostly from Iloilo City.  They live on the site and go home Saturday night after being paid, so they can see their families –or girlfriends,and return for work at 7:00am on Monday.  When I got to the site this morning they were asking for a padlock for the gate.  They said that people are roaming the surrounding fields after midnight.   My crew are pretty tough guys.  They sleep with their knives at hand, but they were worried.  They said our retired school teacher neighbors shot at an intruder.  They said the milk processing plant just down the road had lost P20,000.  I asked why this upsurge in intruders and crime.  They said that August is the hungry month, a long time since the last rice harvest and before the new harvest is ready. People are desperate.  We’ve already done about all we can to make our house secure and we’re glad we did.  See /our-philippine-house-project-security/

Almost completed security screen door

Almost completed security screen door

Perimeter wall

Perimeter wall

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  1. IMO the steel gates for your doors are quiet an overkill but better be safe than sorry, right? The steel grills for your windows is a must. Good job for that. In that way you can open your “sala” windows to let the breeze in at night. Just don’t forget to stash small electronic items far away from someone’s reach when standing outside your windows. (DO NOT OPEN WINDOWS IN YOUR BEDROOMS) I don’t really think you need to add barbed wires or electrified strands on your perimeter walls, cemented broken shards of glass is enough to deter amateur burglars. Professional burglars can defeat that but once they get in your compound they will find your house shut like a clam so you are safe. Just be sure you got a locked shed for your expensive gardening/mechanical tools. One more thing, be sure you got a cage built for your A/C. There were some news before that some burglars removed their victims’ A/C and use the opening to get inside. Im not saying that it is scary to live in the Philippines or Iloilo specifically. Burglary happens all over the world. All these precautions are just necessary so you can have a peaceful & secured sleep at night.

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  2. I have been offered a position which would involve relocating to Molo, IloIlo. I’ve been reading about what seems like a rash of crimes in IloIlo- many of which are committed by gangs such as the TBS-13 gang.

    Bottom Line: Is IloIlo safe for a foreigner to relocate to? I’ve read the posts and have seen the pictures depicting all the security measures- is there a feeling of uneasiness there, in regards to safety, that would detract from the quality of life?

    Lastly- if I was to rent a house, what would be a safe, secure subdivision in which to do so?

    All/Any input is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

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  3. Why don’t you get a couple of geese as an early warning device. They create a lot of noise if there are intruders. Problem is you might not be able to get a good niht sleep:-)

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  4. I’m an American expat living in nearby Guimaras province in a rural subdivision. We do have secured doors and windows similar to the door you have pictured but no perimeter wall, but fortunately have not had any security issues in the past year I have lived here with my Filipina wife.

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  5. and motion detector lights..we are also thinking of monitors and alarms—overkill??? we already have 5 dobermans and a pitbull—and the really noisy little house dogs…

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  6. People there aren’t inherently bad, but for a few who are starving they are desperate. However, glad you’re making all the necessary precautions. Be safe always!

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  7. Bob, I’m very concerned for you. Get two noisy, nasty guard dogs and install some powerful search lights around the perimeter. These could scare away any self-respecting burglar.

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  8. Sorry to hear about all the crime that is taking place around your house. I hope all the security measures that you have take are enough and can keep your family safe. Please keep us up to date. Hope your work crew can stay safe and keep the unwanted people out.

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  9. Bob,
    You need a couple of germans sheperd or belgian malinois’.
    Its bark alone will deter a would be an intruder.

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  10. Truly sad. I was telling Martin, one can already build a house with the blocks you used for the perimeter fence,
    but better safe than sorry.

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