PLAN ahead to make sure that your home will be safe not only this coming Christmas and New Year but
also in the days to come.
This is the renewed public safety advisory issued by the Philippine National Police headed by
Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa as the 175,000-strong police force mounts another massive
security program nationwide to ensure the safety and protection of the public this Yuletide Season.
Gen. Dela Rosa has ordered massive security measures nationwide including the strict
enforcement of the law on firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices and the ban on indiscriminate
firing to ensure the peaceful celebration of the Christmas and New Year holidays.
He also ordered National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Oscar D. Albayalde, to
further step-up their conduct of the PNP Enhanced Managing Police Operations 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 holidays.
The PNP ‘Tips on Public Safety and Women’s Self Defense and Protection’ includes measures that
will ensure that all Filipino homes are safe every day, according to PNP spokesman, Chief
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.
Do not switch the inside light on when answering knocks on the front door after dark.
Other Home Safety Tips are the following:
Secure your home. Always keep your doors and windows locked and evaluate the effectiveness of
the locks. Never open your door to a stranger.
Don’t let a stranger get inside your home to use the phone. Make the call for him.
Never admit that you or a neighbor is home alone.
Leave outside lights on at night and keep lights on in more than one room.
If you receive an obscene phone call, hang up immediately. Don’t react.
The area outside your main entrance should be lit properly so that there are no dark portions
or shadows where a potential rapist can hide.
Ensure that your main door has a peephole so that you know who you are opening your door to.
If a stranger is at your door, inquire why he is there and open the door only if you are completely
satisfied with his answer.
Keep your curtains drawn as far as possible so that people cannot look into your home
especially after nightfall.
If you are expecting any deliveries or any utility service people, do not open the door to
such people. If you must, ensure that the safety chain is hooked in place.