We thought they were done.
We haven’t been alerted to a Basag Kotse incident in a couple of months.
We were hoping motorists would be more careful and refrain from leaving their valuables inside their cars.
We were wishing malls had better security to deter incidents like these.
But we were wrong. Sadly, we were wrong.
Netizen Philip Tan posted last April 24 that their vehicle was a victim of the dreaded Basag Kotse Gang, this time in SM Southmall in Las Pinas City.
In his post, Tan said they parked their car at the West parking space of the mall around 5 to 5:30pm.
“Sasaglit lang kame nawala para mag-deposit ng pera sa BPI sa loob ng mall. Bumalik po ako sa kotse para kunin yung sling bag ko sa loob nung bag na kinuha ng mga kawatan,” he said.
The victim also clarified that the area he parked in looked clear and was full of people and was well-lighted.
He even saw a roving guard near their vehicle when he entered the mall again.
“After 30 minutes, bumalik na kame ng girlfriend ko sa kotse at eto na ang bumulaga sa amin,” he sadly narrated.
The car window had already been smashed and the bag he left inside was already taken.
And we haven’t heard of any suspects being apprehended for this Basag Kotse modus.
That is really sad.
So for all you motorists out there, again, never leave anything that may resemble that you have prized or expensive possessions inside your cars.
They will do their best to get it.
Let’s starve them. Let’s not leave anything for them to steal inside our cars.
If malls can’t help us with this, let’s be extra vigilant and not give them opportunities to take our hard-earned possessions.
It’s a jungle out there.