By Martin Sadongdong
As thousands are expected to go on vacation for the Holy Week, the Philippine National Police (PNP) issued on Palm Sunday simple tips to prevent criminals from choosing your house as their next target.
Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said that the public should always ensure that their houses are locked and the windows closed before leaving.
He also said that valuable items should not be placed in areas that could easily be seen from the outside as it will be an easy target for criminals.
The use of alarms, closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, and other security devices will also help in alerting the neighbor should a criminal try to enter your property illegally.
But if you cannot afford to buy security devices, Eleazar said that one can entrust the security of their house to a trustworthy neighbor.
For social media users, the Metro Manila top cop said that posting an update about your personal activities on the internet will likely get you into trouble as this will alert criminals that there’s no one left in your house.
“Let us all make our properties a ‘hard target’ for the criminals by making it secured,” Eleazar said in a radio interview.
P/Col. Bernard Banac, PNP spokesperson, earlier said the police organization has been placed under heightened alert status.
Eleazar, for his part, said the NCRPO was already on full alert status, the highest alert status, in anticipation of the Holy Week.
Meanwhile, Banac advised travelers to go to bus terminals, airports and seaports two to three hours earlier than their scheduled trips.
“Alam naman po natin na dagsa na ang mga tao kaya agahan po natin ang pagpunta (We all know that there is an exodus of people [traveling] so let us go [to terminals, airports and seaports] early,” he said.
Banac also advised the public to always keep their eyes on their young children when swimming as police have already recorded 10 incidents of drowning where most of the victims were children.
“Dapat po huwag mawalay ang ating paningin dahil may naitala na po na 10 insidente ng pagkalunod sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng ating kapuluan. Mag-enjoy lamang po tayo subalit kailangan din mag-ingat (Let us not keep our eyes off [of the children] as there were alreay 10 drowning incidents recorded in the different parts of the country. Let us enjoy but we should also take care),” he said.
‘Wholesome shows only’
Bus drivers and operators were also told to monitor the films being shown to the passengers during the ride.
“We urge them to pick films that are child-friendly. They should be responsible enough what to show for their passengers, especially with the presence of children passengers,” Eleazar said in a statement.
The NCRPO has coordinated with the Movie and Television Review Classification Board (MTRCB) to go after erring bus drivers and operators.
Policemen were also deployed in different bus terminals in Metro Manila, particularly along EDSA, which has one of the most populous terminals in the metro.