ALREADY on nationwide full alert in preparation for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, the Philippine National
Police headed by Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday released the following crime-prevention tips as Filipinos prepare to visit public and private cemeteries across the country to pay respect to their dearly departed relatives.
Mamang Pulis readers were advised by PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Benigno B. Durana Jr. to follow the following tips when leaving their homes during the period.
• Lock all doors and windows and ensure all possible paths to the house are blocked; 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; Secure all items such as clothes being hung out to dry.
While inside the cemeteries:
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Ensure control of the vehicle at all times. Avoid one-handed driving or using a mobile phone; avoid driving while drunk or sleepy.
• If you do not live too far from a cemetery, don’t bring your car so as not to add to traffic.
• Don’t wear jewelry or bring large amounts of money. Keep watch over your mobile phone. Do not bring too many items.
• Be wary of snatchers and petty thieves, and report incidents to the nearest Police Assistance Post.