The fact that they wanted to share with me was that according to a neighbor woman 300 meters away, there were some (young) man spotted recently, driving in a car and with face coverages, asking children playing on the barangay road, how many people are living in that big house (our house).
It seemed that they were surveying around, collecting info, probably for preparing a plan to commit a robbery or even worse to kidnap one of the residents of our house.
We had discussed before what type of security measures we should implement. I had a whole list of measures from guarding camera's to bulb-wire on top of the fence or even hiring a guard.
None of them were implemented yet and it was clear to me that what we needed was something for the night, because that is the risky period of the day. And technical measures would take too much time to implement, and even then I am not sure if a group of 2-4 Filipino is planning a criminal action, technical measures will not stop them.
So we decided to go to a security agency in Lingayen, the most respected one in the area, called RNB Security Agency, servicing many companies and some individuals, including the mayor of Sta. Barbara, and ask for advice. What I wanted was a guard for the night, say from 6.00 pm to 6.00 am. The operations manager agreed that this would be a good approach, so we decided to give it a try for a month. The price was close to what I expected, and we could even bargain it down a bit.
|This is the guard's default position, maybe later we make a guardhouse there|
The service that we have now for 3 weeks already is a guard, including a shotgun - a Turkisch brand - from 6 to 6 in uniform. We make sure that he has some snacks for the night. When he makes his round, every 30 minutes or so, the dogs start barking, so it is a bit noisy, but it gives us all a safer feeling.
And apart from the guard we also have a house boy, sleeping in our bahay kubo in the back-yard.
I have now a company fire-arm license card in home. The gun will stay on our compound, day and night, during the day safely locked away.
When the guard is sick or for any other reason he cannot come, the company will send another guard. Two days ago he was not able to work as he had to work daytime in Calasiao, to replace a guard - of a bank -who has shot someone dead. In stead his brother came on our compound that night and the next, so I am wondering who will come tonight, our guard or his brother.