Manila Police District acting director Senior Supt. Danilo Abarzosa identifies petty crime hot spots around Manila. Just so you know where to hold tight to your bags and mobile phones in case you find yourselves in these areas:
"R-10 Road, España Street from Morayta to Lacson, Pedro Gil Street from Osmeña Highway to Plaza Hugo, and on Taft Avenue from Vito Cruz to Lawton, Recto Avenue from Abad Santos to Del Pan, Quezon Boulevard to Quezon Bridge, and from Quezon Boulevard to Legarda (University Belt area)."
According to Abarzosa, criminals usually strike in these crime-prone areas from 4 p.m. to 12 midnight when workers and transients travel home from work. I can personaly attest that the long stretch of Pedro Gil from Malate all the way to Sta. Ana is really dangerous. I had a new backpack slashed and had my phone stolen, and later while on a jeep, some guy with a knife snatched my bag. Another passenger tried to give chase but was almost stabbed by the snatcher's posse so we let it go.