Police reminded people to secure their homes after a Pasay City resident recently uploaded a closed circuit television camera (CCTV) footage of a man suspiciously snooping around their neighborhood at night.

(Photo from Dhon Padon Mercado)

According to Dhon Padon Mercado, the uploader of the video, the incident happened at around 4:56 a.m. on Camella corner Ivy St., Barangay 184, on Jan. 26.  

In one of the two footages he uploaded, the man was walking slowly and was checking out and even crouching a bit to get a better view of the inside of one house. He then stopped by one house, slipped his hand inside the gate, and checked to see if it was locked. 

A second footage from inside the house captured the man checking the lock before leaving. Mercado said that he must have seen the CCTV camera.

In his post, he reminded his neighbors to stay safe by always keeping their doors locked, even their windows. Mercado said that eventually, he found out through some friends that the man was from just from a neighboring barangay.

“Mga ka-barangay ko (sa) Barangay 184 Transmitter area, mag-doble ingat po tayong lahat lalo kapag madaling araw, double check ang mga pintuan at bintana. mayroon na nakuhaan ng CCTV ang nagaaligid sa ating lugar (To my fellow residents in Barangay 184, Transmitter Area, we should be extra careful especially at dawn, always check your doors and windows, someone has been caught on video going around our neighborhood),” he said.

The video received a lot of negative reactions especially from some who live near the place. They said that this was not the first time that they have seen someone going around their area at night checking doors. There were those who said the man looked the same as those they have seen the past nights. Others called the attention of the barangay.

Pasay City police chief Police Col. Cesar Paday-os said that during incidents such as this, the house owner should immediately request a police response. 

“Sana iyong mga kababayan natin sa Pasay kapag may mapansin sila sa mga barangay nila na kakaiba at mga bagong mukha sa mga boarders nila at sa mga kapitbahay dapat alamin nila kung ano ang ginagawa sa Barangay through the help of the barangay officials (I hope our citizens in Pasay in case they notice suspicious activities in their areas or when there are new faces, new boarders, they should know inquire about their presence through the help of the barangay),” he said.

“Bakit nya chinecheck? Bahay ba niya yon? (Why is he checking [the door]? Is that his house?),” Paday-os added. He explained that it’s already trespassing.

Pasay police Station Investigation and Detective Management Branch (SIDMB) chief Police Major Wilfredo Sangel said that the man obviously has ill intentions. 

“Of course…we can conclude his intention is to get inside the residence,” he said. “Kung anong opportunity meron sa bahay yun ang gagawin niya. If ever kayang kaya niya ang babae at nag-iisa maaari niya rin itong pagsamantalahan (Whatever opportunity the house presents, that’s what he will do. In case it’s a woman and she’s alone, he can use this to take advantage of her),” he added.

Incidents like this can reported to the Pasay Tactical Operations Center (TOC) at 09568005277 and 09183696565 and telephone number 8831-1544.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2021/01/31/police-remind-people-to-secure-homes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=police-remind-people-to-secure-homes)