Walled cities, walled compounds, are everywhere in developing countries and historically a response to insecurity.
Think of the lovely walled cities of Europe; Italy, Portugal, Spain and China.
Many subdivisions put up a show of security with a fancy guardhouse, but often anyone is allowed in.
Secure subdivisions don’t exist outside the bigger cities and may be less necessary, but don’t fool yourself.
I have literally walked more than a thousand of miles on the streets of Iloilo City and lonely rural paths in the country. No one has robbed me or threatened me or tried to pick my pocket or done anything but treat me with respect and kindness.
When we first moved to Iloilo City we lived in an unusually secure private compound in Iloilo City. Americans from LA or Baltimore or Miami might not see much difference.It’s dangerous for them to get involved, just as it may be dangerous for you to intervene to help someone in the middle of the night.A well-liked, long-time American resident of Iloilo City was recently stabbed to death in his apartment. After all, the American was a big guy, a martial arts enthusiast, being murdered by four young men.Do they do this because they are paranoid about crime?We assume it’s because they are know what it takes to be safe in their own country.They were not built to make better scenery for tourists!Don’t expect your neighbors, security guards or police to come to your aid if you get into problems at night.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.I’ve been following news of murders of foreigners in the Philippines for several years.All have a four-legged alarm system — if poor, a mutt, if richer a Doberman.If you leave something out at night, it might well be gone in the morning. Some foreigners feel it’s distasteful and/or unnecessary to live in a walled compound. Every Filipino who can afford it lives behind walls and gates.