TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Cagayan Valley Police released on Wednesday, March 28, crime prevention tips for the public’s safety and security, as the country celebrates on Thursday, the start of the Easter Triduum- the most important part of Holy Week.
Here are the tips relayed by the Valley Cops from the Police National Headquarters:
WHEN LEAVING HOME:
Secure your home with durable locks on all doors and windows.
Ask a trusted neighbor to watch the house while you’re away.
Stop all deliveries
Turn the bell or ringer of your telephone down low.
Leave your blinds, shades and curtains in a normal position.
Close and lock garage doors and windows.
Secure storage sheds attic entrance and gate.
Tell a trusted person your plan to be away so that he may have the opportunity to periodically check your home.
Have a written record of all your important serial numbers, credit card numbers, etc. and keep them in a secure place.
Turn on outside/perimeter lights.
WHEN BRINGING A VEHICLE:
Make sure your vehicle is in a suitable condition for the journey.
Always lock your car, whether while parked or traveling. Keep valuables out of sight.
At night, park in well-lit areas.
Pack several warm blankets, ample drinking water, flares and flashlights with fresh batteries.
Try to have specific directions and routes to your destination.
If you get lost, call the local police for directions or assistance.
Always keep your vehicle doors and windows locked.
At stop lights and other traffic delays, leave enough space in front of your vehicle as an escape option in case of an emergency.
Let someone know the route you intend to travel and your itinerary.
Plan your trip carefully and consider all factors such as weather, fatigue, facilities for lodging, food and fuel.
WHILE ON THE ROAD:
Leave early and give yourself plenty of time to make the drive. Don’t over-speed.
Know where you are going and how to get there and back.
Check for construction detours for longer trips.
Get a weather forecast.
Make sure everyone wears their seatbelt at all times.
Avoid taking over-the-counter medication that could make you drowsy while driving.
Never drink and drive.
When traveling in any new area, always be alert and trust your instincts.
Use area maps and travel on main roads.
Carry a minimal amount of cash. Use travelers’ checks and credit card whenever possible.
WHILE IN THE HOTEL:
Ask the hotel or motel staff about their security measures so you know what to expect.
Always carry purses, wallets, hotel keys and car keys securely.
Be observant and always report any suspicious activity to law enforcement or hotel security officers.
Keep hotel room windows and doors locked.
Do not invite strangers to your room.
Keep extra cash and valuables locked in a safe place such as a hotel safe deposit box or a room safe.
Upon checking into a hotel or motel, check local fire exists, elevators and the nearest phone.
Make sure children know the name and address of your whereabouts.
In an unlikely event when you are confronted by an assailant, do not resist demands for your valuables.
Police Regional Office 02 (PRO2) Regional Director Police Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino advised the public to be prepared and equipped with necessary information in times of emergencies, disaster, and other life-threatening situations.
He added that the public “should maintain their vigilance to ensure a safe and secured observance of Holy Week and the rest of summer vacation period.”
The police have started deploying more officers on Friday, March 23, to ensure security during the observance of Semana Santa and Summer Vacation 2018. This directive under Oplan Ligtas SumVac will run until June 13. Northernforum.net