UP Diliman crime and safety map: Too much public access?
June 7, 2012 7:29pm
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It may be the place where some of the brightest Filipino minds meet, but UP Diliman is no safe haven.*
Violent crime on the UP campus has reverberated in headlines through the years, including the audacious assassination of leftist leader Popoy Lagman in broad daylight in 2001. In February this year, UP student leader Lordei Hina was stabbed and seriously wounded by robbers inside Vinzons Hall, the university's students center.
More recently, the campus home of prominent newspaper columnist and retired UP professor Randy David was shot at by still unidentified gunmen (David and his family were unharmed). According to the UP police, there have been 35 hold-ups on campus in the last three years. Rarely have assailants been caught. *
One reason frequently offered for the lack of safety is the accessibility of the UP campus. Unlike private universities, UP makes it easy to enter and exit, and no driver's licenses are surrendered before entering. UP police also cite the large community of informal settlers around the campus where anyone running from the law can easily blend in.*
Our UP Diliman safety map above shows the locations of violent crimes on campus that have been reported in the media through the years, and the five gates around the campus that provide access for nearly anyone to UP's leafy, jogger-friendly campus, including those with less innocent intentions.*
But the map also reveals that some of the most outrageous violent crimes have been perpetrated by fellow students on each other in fraternity wars.
As thousands of students converge again at the nation's premier state university, the map is a reminder to stay vigilant and to prod the university's administration to provide greater protection for the country's future. -- GMA News