PLAN ahead to make sure that your home will be safe not only this coming Lenten Season but also during the rest of the summer vacation.
This is the renewed public safety advisory issued by the Philippine National Police headed by Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa as the 170,000-strong police force launched another massive security program nationwide to ensure the safety and protection of the general public during this period.
Gen. Dela Rosa has ordered massive security measures nationwide as part of their Oplan Ligtas Summer Vacation 2017. He also ordered National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Oscar D. Albayalde to further step-up their conduct of the PNP Oplan: Double Barrel 2 and other anti-crime programs to ensure the safety of the public in Metro Manila 24/7. Similar measures are being undertaken by the 17 other police regional offices spread across the country, he said. The security measures are aimed at preventing criminal elements particularly thieves and robbers from pursuing their activities during the Holy Week and the rest of the summer period.
The Duterte government has ordered a nationwide security lockdown following a foiled attempt by a group of ISIS sympathizers to detonate a bomb, first at the crowded Rizal Park in Manila before transferring the powerful improvised explosive device near the United States Embassy along Roxas Boulevard early this year. So far, at least five suspects in the foiled bomb attack have been taken into custody by the police.
The PNP ‘Tips on Public Safety and Women’s Self Defense and Protection’ include measures that will ensure that all Filipino homes are safe everyday, according to PNP spokesman, Senior Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos.
Carlos said they include the following Do’s and Don’ts.
Control the key to your residence.
Refrain from giving your key to others.
Immediately have the lock cylinder changed should you misplace or lose a key.
Use strong door chains/bars on outdoor/gates.
Lock windows and doors before you retire for the evening.
Check visitors before opening the door thru a ‘peephole’ or the window.
Turn on the lights if you leave your residence unoccupied at night.
Light the paths leading to your house and garage.
Let your trusted friend or neighbor check your residence while you are away.
Post emergency telephone numbers in your home for easy contact in case of emergency.
Use extreme caution if an unsolicited package is delivered to your residence.
Report obviously unattended or suspected abandoned vehicles near your place to the police.
Know your neighbors. Develop rapport with them and offer to keep an eye on each other’s homes.
Install an alarm system to provide additional security to your home.
Know your helpers. Check their background and records.
Do not enter your residence if you sense that an intruder is inside.
Do not open the door arbitrarily -- check first who the person is.
Do not open the door if you are suspicious of someone.
Do not allow others to duplicate your keys without your permission.
Do not leave a key under the mat, in the mail box or other obvious hiding places.
Do not leave the house with all the lights switched off. At least one light should be left switched on for the house to be lighted when nighttime comes.