THE Philippine National Police leadership headed by its Officer-in-Charge, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday asked the public to help them in their major effort to keep peace and order in the streets during the nationwide observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
“We need the full cooperation of the citizenry in ensuring that Filipinos will be able to visit their departed ones and return to their respective homes safely, away from criminality, “Gen. Gamboa said as he ordered an extensive security coverage before, during and after the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day nationwide.
The PNP leadership has reminded all police units and personnel across the country of their law enforcement and public safety duties ahead of the long Halloween break.
“Sa ating mga kapulisan, we expect na wala tayong break or leave dahil tayong lahat ay magduduty sa lahat ng mga sementeryo at sa mga subdivision na iiwan ng mga tao na pupunta sa sementeryo,” said PNP spokesman, Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac.
“Dun naman sa mga mamamayan natin we are advising you to please secure your premises yung households ninyo bago kayo pumunta sa sementeryo dahil yung mga akyat bahay dyan magpipyesta sa bahay niyo kung hindi niyo na lock properly yung mga pamamahay ninyo,” he added.
The PNP leadership has mobilized local police and National Support Units for police visibility, crime prevention and law enforcement operations in transportation hubs such as airports, seaports, bus terminals, and mass transportation facilities, as well as along major thoroughfares where PNP Units will man Police Assistance Centers in anticipation of the annual exodus of city residents to the provinces.
The PNP leadership has underscored the importance of following their crime prevention tips as they prepare to visit public and private cemeteries across the country to pay respects to their dearly departed.
Mamang Pulis readers were advised to follow these tips when leaving their homes :
• 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, 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.
• If attending a wake, make sure the area is crime-free.
When traveling, the PNP OIC said 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 drunk or sleepy.
• When driving at night, always use headlights and signal lights. Don’t drive when you have poor eyesight.
• 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 PNP said that 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.
• Be early at airports and seaports especially in the case of women, children and senior citizens.
• If you see a suspicious package, or someone acting suspiciously, notify authorities.
• Be wary of snatchers and petty thieves, and report incidents to the nearest Police Assistance Post.