The Police Regional Office 9 (PRO9) is set to go on full security alert in the Zamboanga Peninsula region in preparation for the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on November 1-2, 2016.
The PRO9 leadership reminds the public to be more vigilant and alert as annual special events like All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are expected to bring an influx of people in the different areas of convergence like cemeteries, malls, transport terminals, and the like, as well as major thoroughfares and roads leading to the provinces.
With this, PCSUPT BILLY B BELTRAN, Acting Regional Director, PRO9 has issued and reiterated crime prevention and safety tips for the public to keep them aware of their security as they prepare to visit public and private cemeteries to pay respects to their dearly departed this week.
PCSUPT BELTRAN also said that the police forces in the Zamboanga Peninsula are on increased alert to secure the community particularly the airports, seaports, public utility terminals and public and private cemeteries during the observance of the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day,
PCSUPT BILLY B BELTRAN, Acting Regional Director, PRO9, urges the public to observe the following safety tips when leaving their homes during the long weekend:
• Lock all doors and windows and ensure all possible paths to the house are blocked;
• If possible, install a burglar alarm to alert the neighbors if someone breaks in;
• Do not leave notes outside the house indicating you will be away; keep some appliances like the radio on to give the impression someone is still inside the house;
• Ask a trusted neighbor to keep watch over your house;
• Ensure no candle, gas stove or leaking faucet or plugged appliance is left unattended; and
• Secure all items such as clothes being hung out to dry.
While inside the cemeteries, the following tips should be followed:
• Bring sufficient food and water, and keep in mind that liquor and food sold by vendors inside cemeteries are prohibited;
• Bring protection against heat and rain;
• Do not bring deadly or bladed weapons, loud speakers, and gambling paraphernalia;
• Closely watch items brought inside cemeteries and make sure the candles you bring will not cause fires;
• Remind children not to roam around especially in crowded areas. Have them wear or bring a form of identification;
• Keep the surroundings clean and bring your own trash bag to put garbage in;
• Know where the first aid stations and PNP assistance booth are in case of emergency or need for police assistance; and
• If attending a wake, make sure the area is crime-free;
When traveling, the following must be followed:
• Before the trip, make sure the vehicle is roadworthy, and follow the “BLOWBAG” rule which is B for Battery; L for Light; O for Oil; W for Water; B for Brakes; A for Air; and G for Gas;
• Bring all pertinent documents for the vehicle, including the Insurance Certificate;
• Make sure the doors are locked and the windows closed especially if children are joining the trip;
• Ensure control of the vehicle at all times. Avoid one-handed driving or using a mobile phone; avoid driving while under the influence of liquor;
• When driving at night, always use headlights and signal lights. Don’t drive when you have poor eyesight; and
• If you do not live too far from a cemetery, don’t bring your car so as not to add to traffic;
And last but not the least, the following rules must be kept in mind when taking public transport:
• Don’t wear jewelry or bring large amounts of money. Keep watch over your mobile phone;
• Do not bring too many items or baggages;
• Be early at airports and seaports especially travelling with women, children and senior citizens;
• If you see a suspicious package, or someone acting suspiciously, notify authorities (the police and/or management); and
• Be wary of snatchers and petty thieves, and report incidents to the nearest Police Assistance Desk.