Secure subdivisions don’t exist outside the bigger cities and may be less necessary, but don’t fool yourself.Many foreigners have been killed in their bucolic rural homes.(See this article in the New York Times about the psychology of “lock” and “no lock” advocates.) For small-town Americans, the Philippines can be quite different.Enthusiasm for their new life in the Philippines, thinking that the situation Philippines is the same as life in the US can prevent foreigners from taking common sense precautions to provide for their own safety in the Philippine context.Foreigners like my wife and I can happily report that they have lived in such and such a place for two or three or five years and have never had a problem.We don’t feel such anecdotal tidbits really prove anything.
They were not built to make better scenery for tourists!It’s not perfect, but low-life characters may find it a bit harder, bit more intimidating, more frightening to get in at night, and a bit harder to flee.This only applies to subdivisions with real security including roving patrols at night.See for how we built security into our new Philippine house.Here, just about everyone goes into some level of lock-down at night.
If you’re prosperous you’ll have a concrete wall and iron grates on your windows If you’re poor you’ll have a bamboo fence and gate, bamboo grates on your windows.