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Crime Prevention Tips

The Philippine National Police is committed to ensuring public safety and reducing the fear and the incidence of crime in the community. But there are many things each and every community member can do to reduce his or her chances of becoming a victim or prevent the incidence of crime from happening. Below are crime prevention tips for your home, your business, yourself and your family. We urge you to familiarize yourself with the information contained in this section and to make crime prevention, awareness and education a part of your everyday life.

Crime Prevention Tips

1. Get to know your neighbors and all those residing in your street. They will be your partners in watching the activities in your block.
2. Organize a Street Watch composed of neighbors as members. Be concerned and cooperate in watching activities on the block and reporting unusual or suspicious behavior to the police and the Street Watch Officer.
3. Exchange names, home and work telephone numbers among members. Prepare diagram of the block or neighborhood where you belong for easy identification of households in case an emergency or crime incident occurs. The diagram should contain the house number, telephone numbers and occupants' names. The emergency and police department telephone numbers should be included in the diagram.
4. Look after you neighbor’s house when he is away and ask him to look after yours. This includes collecting your mail, newspapers and other deliveries which would indicate at a glance that no one is home.
5. Attend meetings called by your Street Watch Officer. Find out about the crime situation in your area and what you can do about them. Share information and experiences with your neighbors.
7. Get to know your police chief and members of the police station in your area. Write down the station’s emergency hotline number in a place you can easily see in case you will need police advise or assistance. Use your police force – they are ready, willing and able to keep you, your family and your neighborhood safe and sound.


Emergency Call 117

An emergency call is defined as a situation where a person’s life or property is in danger or threatened. In-progress calls are where crimes are being committed at the time of your report.

Examples of Emergency Calls

1. Accidents with injuries
2. Attempted suicides
3. Rescue calls
4. Ambulance calls
5. Persons injured or bleeding
6. All fire calls
7. Strangers forcibly entering a house
8. Strangers carrying household articles, appliances from neighbor’s house
9. Someone trying to gain entrance to your home
10. Group of persons with weapons preparing to fight
11. Automobiles stopping to pick up a person walking along the street and it looks that the person doesn’t want to go, especially young children.
12. Shootings
13. Stabbings
14. Armed robberies
15. Rape
16. Non-Emergency Call

A non-emergency call is a situation where a person’s life and property is not in immediate danger. Included under this definition are crimes against property, crimes against persons where the victim is not injured and offenders are not at or near the scene. However, a police officer is needed to respond, investigate and take a report.

Examples of Non-Emergency Calls

1. Smashed doors or windows in unoccupied homes or stores
2. Abandoned car on the street.
3. Persons loitering near school.
4. Information and rumors of impending crimes.
5. Persistent anonymous calls.
6. Suspicious looking persons following your moves while shopping or on your way home.
7. Late discovery of crimes against persons or property.

Information the emergency operator will want to know:

1. A description of the emergency you are reporting. (What did you observe?)
2. The address or location of the emergency you are reporting.
3. Your name, address and telephone number.
4. Number of persons involved.
5. Descriptions of the persons involved.
6, Direction taken by the escaping suspects.
7. Is suspect in a vehicle or on foot?
8. Plate number and description of vehicle.
9. Other details and circumstances.

Keeping the family Safe

1. Make sure you and members of your family know the whereabouts of everyone for the day. Place a “whereabouts” board in the kitchen or family room where family members can post their schedules or destinations for the day.

2. Instruct all family members and household help not to entertain strangers at the gate or on the phone. Children should be especially trained not to converse with strangers on the phone. Transactions, if any, should be done outside the gate. This will prevent closer observation of your premises or the household layout.

3. Teach your family and household helps to verify the identity of phone callers before identifying themselves.

4. Never give out information on the whereabouts of family members to just anyone on the phone. Friends or relatives should be politely asked to call again so they can personally talk to the person they are looking for. Should the unknown caller insist on asking to speak to each and every family member, ask for his name and politely say the message will be relayed and that he should call back again. Call the police for assistance if you

5. repeatedly receive anonymous phone calls.

6. Instruct family members and your house help that designated family member must be contacted in an emergency or if there are dubious characters at your door or on your phone. List the important phone numbers in the front or back page of your directory for easy access.

7. Be aware of phone swindlers who call in and report that one family member has been in an accident and is asking for the family member or household help to bring cash or other valuable to a certain place. Verify with another family member before acting on this.

8. Verify the identity of callers at your gate before opening the door. Use peepholes provided on gates and doors for this purpose. Should the stranger be a repairman, electrician or the like, verify his identity by calling the service office.

9. Advise your children to refrain from playing/loitering on streets outside your residence where they are highly vulnerable to abduction. Advice your children never to leave home without telling you of their destination and expected time of arrival.

Source: pnp.gov.ph