MANILA, Nov. 5, 2012— Catholic churches are hitting back in the fight against theft that is increasing in Metro Manila.
Many churches have already started installing closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in a bid to address thefts inside churches.
In the Diocese of Cubao alone, some parishes have been fitted with CCTV cameras to ensure close monitoring of their vicinities.
“CCTV cameras are really helpful. In fact, some of our churches already have CCTVs at least in the convents and some important areas,” said Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco told church-run Radio Veritas.
“It’s necessary so that in case something happened, you can easily make a review and identify the perpetrators,” he said.
The bishop was reacting to the Quezon City government’s “No CCTV, no business permit policy” which takes effect in January 2013 to prevent and resolve crimes.
Ongtioco believes the new policy could help a lot to address increasing incidents of crime within the city but to make it mandatory is another issue.
“To make it a requirement is another big issue. It should be discussed. It’s a good measure but then the important question is can everyone afford it especially those with small business,” he said.
Churches in the country are among the common targets of thieves who are after old bells and antique religious icons. (RL/CBCPNews)