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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

What I Dislike about Auckland

All of my previous posts have showed only the good side of Auckland, NZ. Baka isipin tuloy ng mga nakakabasa na perpekto ang lugar na ito. Sorry, Virginia, may mga kakulangan din ang New Zealand. For now, I’ll mention only one.

The thing I dislike the most here in Auckland is the high incidence of burglaries. About 90% of burglaries happen during the day. Mas madali kasi most people are working during the day kaya walang tao sa bahay. Stories of people coming home from work to find their homes empty or ransacked are common. I’ve known a lot of Filipino friends who have had their houses broken into. Their jewelries, cash, electronic appliances stolen. From personal experience, doon sa luma naming bahay, yung bike lang naman ni Fidez ang nakuha about 5 years ago. Walang mga rehas, gates or fences ang karamihan ng mga bahay kaya madaling pasukan.

Then NZ have stupid laws on tresspassing. Sa States pwede mong barilin and sino mang pumasok sa bahay mo. Sa Pilipinas, bugbog ang aabutin ng sino mang mahuling nagnanakaw. Dito, napakabait (to a fault) nila kahit sa mga home intruders. Kapag may nahuli ka nga sa aktong nagnanakaw sa loob ng bahay mo, hindi mo pwedeng saktan kung hindi ka naman niya ina-attack. Kapag hinabol mo at sinaktan mo, baka ikaw pa ang kasuhan ng physical damage. Ang pwede mo na lang gawin ay ang tumawag ng pulis. Parang illogical ano? Lalo na sa ating mga Pinoy na mahilig sa mga action movies. But the reasoning behind it is the belief that the burglar is basically only after material things and has no intention of harming anyone. To avoid any harm to the intruder or to yourself, the general rule is to avoid any confrontation at all cost. Para sa kanila, di baleng materyal lang na bagay ang mawala.

But it’s not all bad. Most burglars are just youth offenders, amateurs looking for kicks and are generally unarmed. There are very few cases of burglars harming occupants of a house. Then, like anywhere else, not all suburbs are the same. We’re quite lucky because the suburb we now live in is one of the safest areas in Auckland.

7 Comments:

  • hi there,

    i think ganoon talaga siguro if you live in a large city. with that regard i did not regret living in wellington.

    while i was in nz takot akong pumunta sa auckland. parang nakalimutan ko na mas maraming crime sa metro manila.

    konti ang job opportunities compared to auckland at mga places to hangout but its very safe. there have been may times that my flatmates forgot to lock the main door still no theft.

    By Anonymous marikenyo, at 7:36 PM, September 12, 2005  

  • Hi Ka Uro, well I'm one of those who usually reads all your blogs because of the actual informations I need for me and my wife to successfully settle in Auckland, NZ.
    Since u have mentioned about the suburb where you live as one of the safest place, I hope you don't mind if I ask you what suburb in Auckland you live in right now. I have been extensively searching for places, flats, maps, etc on the internet on which part of the city could we settle in just in case.
    By the way I'm Don,programmer here in Taiwan, Filipino, also a member of Pinoy2NZ. Hoping for your reply after you come back from your much anticipated vacation =) Thanks in advance

    By Anonymous Donski, at 3:07 PM, October 03, 2005  

  • hi don,
    i live in glenfield northshore. problem with northshore is rush hour traffic to the city. kasi kailangan dumaan ng harbor bridge. kapag may accident sa bridge nagiging ma-traffic.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 8:51 PM, October 03, 2005  

  • thanks for the input. at least may alam na akong lugar na alam kong safe at malapit na rin sya sa CBD huh kya it's a good place to start. traffic? ok lng un, hindi naman kasing worse ng pinas traffic, hehe. Thanks!

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