Last week, September 25, 2009, around 2:00 pm, a group of men (a neighbor estimated them to be minors aged 16 below and suspected to be drug addicts) stole our bicycle which was placed in front of our unit. The said bicycle was carried by one man and the rest were watchers. The man who carried the bike walked through the vacant lot. He could have gone away with the bike if not apprehended by a concerned neighbor working the fences on the vacant lot. The day before that incident, somebody replaced our new pair of slippers with an old pair. The theft must have tried this little "trick" to see if he could be caught - and he was successful.
This is not the first time we've been robbed. An incident happened on June 26, 2009. I could not forget this day because it was my son's birthday! A suppose to be special day. My husband and I were so excited because we brought a cake as a surprise. But we were the ones surprised on the news when we arrived. We were robbed! When my mother went out to fetch my children from school, some robbers took off the jalousies from the windows at the back of our unit. The robbers went inside and got our DVD player, cellular phone and other unaccounted little things. They even emptied two bottles of mineral water! We have this reported to the Barangay Captain and at the Cordova Police Station. We reported the same to ABQ & Sons Realty and Development Corp. (ARDECOR Realty), the developer.They asked for suggestions on what proper actions to be done. We suggested that the vacant lot be fenced (a feature already on their subdivision plan) and to put a security outpost (with security guard - of course!) so they could not easily gain access in the subdivision. We've been expecting ARDECOR Realty to take immediate action about the incident but it is already three months since the first reported incident and there was no action taken. And now, another robbery had happened. This could not have happened if there was a guard posted (or a Barangay Tanod if they are cutting expenses. - When we first transferred in SummerVille Subdivision there was a guard; but they replaced him with a Barangay Tanod) and the place fully fenced as expected. I just could not figure the reason "lack of budget" when they have started the construction of another SummerVille Subdivision in Cotcot, Liloan.
We regret purchasing a unit at SummerVille Subdivision, Ibabao, Cordova. The featured fence and 24-hour security were not realized. This was even published at a local news paper, Sunstar Cebu and on their online news on Wednesday, October 25, 2006. - "The subdivision will also feature parks and playgrounds, fence and 24-hour security." Since 2006, not one of these features was realized. This was the first factor we have considered in buying a unit - a secure place. We thought ARDECOR Realty is credible but we were dismayed by their inaction. If we could only return the said unit and take back all our payments, we have done so. We could not live in peace here thinking what might happen next. Our children feared even a tiny squeak they hear at night thinking the bad guys would come back. This is very unhealthy and we could not live like this forever.
If you are planning to purchase a house and lot at SummerVille Subdivision, think again. If you have enough finances to secure your place go with your dreams; but if you are in a tight budget, BUY AT YOUR OWN RISK. If you are considering another place, make sure that the whole site is already fully fenced and that full security is already implemented otherwise you might end up like us - a dog barking at the moon.
The jalousies were taken from the windows
The back of the house where the jalousies were carefully piled by the culprits
Vacant lot as pictured from our window. The picture was taken the day after the first robbery