Operators to step up security in Ortigas parking lots

Operators to step up security in Ortigas parking lots
By Kristine L. Alave
Inquirer
Last updated 10:37pm (Mla time) 08/09/2007
MANILA, Philippines — Parking lot operators in the Ortigas Business District agreed to hire more guards and improve security to reduce cases of car break-in in the area.

Eastern Police District (EPD) director Chief Superintendent Luizo Ticman said Thursday operators agreed to cooperate with the police and boost security in the financial district that had become a favorite haunt of carjacking gangs.

In a related development, the San Juan City police arrested three suspected members of “bukas-kotse” gang in a dawn operation on Wednesday.

San Juan City police chief Superintendent Rodelio Jocson identified the suspects as Chrysler Laguna, 21; Dexter Laguna, 19; and Arthur Buzon, 28.

As for the Ortigas situation, Ticman said, following a meeting between law enforcement officials and parking site owners, they asked the operators to institute more security measures in compliance with existing ordinance relating to parking.

“Our goal is zero incident (of car break-in). This is part of our pro-active program in anticipation of the Christmas season,” Ticman said.

Police officials said lack of security in most pay-parking lots in Ortigas Center made it easy for people to engage in criminal activities.

EPD and Pasig City police officials said pay parking site owners should be responsible for security in those places as the police lacked the manpower to provide them adequate protection.

With regard to the San Juan arrests, police said the Laguna men were residents of Daang Bangka, in the village of San Miguel, Pasig City. Buzon was a resident of Palatiw village, Pasig City. Jocson said the men were suspected of stealing car spare parts and batteries.

Police recovered a suspected stolen truck battery and a Honda motorcycle from the suspects, who are now detained at the San Juan City police.

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