Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas launched the second phase of project SAFE KAm on Wednesday, June 24, following the installation of 34 closed circuit television cameras (CCTVs) in strategic areas of Monumento, Caloocan City.

Roxas said Monumento area is one of the seven high priority areas in Metro Manila that needs CCTV cameras due to the high volume of passersby and commuters.

About one million people from all walks of life pass by Monumento area every day including those living in the nearby provinces in the north.

“We want to provide a sense of security or a safe zone to the estimated one million people who are passing the Monumento area each and every day. This is a whole government approach in our fight against criminality,” Roxas said.

During the launch and presentation at the Luk Foo restaurant in Monumento, Roxas highlighted the successful contribution of the project SAFE KAm in the arrest of a bicycle thief who was caught on camera while running away with the mountain bike of a victim in Pasay City.

The video shows the 32-year-old victim, Bartolome Suare, leaving his mountain bike worth P18,000 in front of the Mercury Drug store along Taft Avenue to buy medicines at about8:40 p.m. on June 6, 2015.

The same video later shows the suspect identified as Lorenzo Macario, 48, of M. dela Cruz, Pasay City, approaching the bike, grabbing it before running away without the victim noticing it.

When Suare sought the assistance of the Pasay PNP, the policemen reviewed the CCTV footage which caught the face of the suspect. A few days later, police operatives arrested and charged Macario for theft.

The Pasay Rotonda was the pilot area of the project with 32 CCTVs installed in strategic areas along Edsa and Taft avenue intersection.

Roxas also launched the safe loading zones in Monumento where commuters can ride taxi, bus, or jeepney without fear of falling victims to abusive drivers or conductors because the area is monitored by CCTVs.

Roxas said the project SAFE KAm is continuously being implemented in key areas in Metro Manila to safeguard the people, mostly the commuting public.

The project SAFE KAm is part of the PNP Oplan Lambat Sibat, a deliberate, programmatic and sustained approach to fight crime. This approach has already decreased crime in Metro Manila by more than 60 percent since its implementation in June 2014.

Roxas said project SAFE KAm will also include areas in Baclaran Redemptorist, MRT North Edsa-West Avenue area, EDSA corner Aurora Boulevard in Cubao, La Salle Taft, and University Belt area in Manila.