It is true, that Dumaguete is not as peacefull as it once was. Apparently things took a swing for the much worse, after we had a new chief of police a few years ago. The vigilante killings are certainly but the only problem either. There are also numerous robberies, and it is not a good idea to drive around alone on motorcycle at night anymore, particularly not if you are a girl. My family have had several bad experinces personally within the last 2 years. the last one happened before christmas, where a burgler had climbed our fence and entered our house through an open window on 1. floor. (Yes, this was stupid, no, it is not open at night any more). A person in the house woke up, he was surpriced in our livingroom, put down the item he was about to steal and ran away. Luckily noone was hurt in this incidence, but needless to say it was a quite unpleasant experience. Since then he and his two friends have made a repeat attempt. Again a failed one, and this time they only got into an empty lot next to ours, before they were surpriced and ran away. We have now, as a temporary solution, found ourselves forced to hyre a guard at a cost of 5.000 peso pr. month.