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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

After Bulacan Massacre: 10 Safety Tips for Your Family You Left In the Philippines


Criminals are everywhere. Theft and robbers are taking chances to break into our house if opportunity permits. So if we are living alone, living with our families or if we are the only person left in the house for some reason, we should secure our safety and our property also.   But we can prepare for this situation so that if the situation comes to worse, we can fight.  Here are top 10 tips that will help us feel safer when we are are home.







Criminals are everywhere. Theft and robbers are taking chances to break into our house if opportunity permits. So if we are living alone, living with our families or if we are the only person left in the house for some reason, we should secure our safety and our property also. 

But we can prepare for this situation so that if the situation comes to worse, we can fight.

Here are top 10 tips that will help us feel safer when we are are home.




1. Know your neighbors.

Neighbors will not just stay neighbors. As time pass by, they will become your friend that will keep an eye on you when you are alone and in your home when you are away.

The neighbor will help alert you also of any potential problems. If you and your neighbor become BFFs, your family will be having friends to invite for a dinner or a movie time if you are left alone.




2. Lock the door and windows

A safe neighborhood is great, but as soon as you come in the house, make sure your doors are locked. When a family is about to sleep, don't forget to lock windows too. A dead bolt for all your door is the best.

Uninvited strangers cannot easily walk in inside your home if your doors and windows are locked.


3. Get a security system and installed CCTV cameras

If you can afford, you can install some type of alarm or security system. It will alarm in case of intruders. Aside from this, you can also monitor your property from your phone while you are away. Meanwhile, CCTV cameras can record movement o people in your vicinity and you can check if this peoples as a doubtful interest in the neighborhood.



4. Turn on your guard lights and close curtains

When it starts to get dark, turn on the exterior lights and close your window curtains. Guard lights will keep intruder away while they cannot peek inside if the curtains are closed.



5. Get a dog.

A dog will not serve as "bantay" or guard that will scare any intruder, the dog will also keep you company when you are living alone or left alone. Consider getting a dog with a loud bark, it will alert you every time there are unnecessary movements around your house. But remember, be a responsible dog owner.



6. Do not hide keys outside

It is a common mistake to hide a key under the mat or flower pots. This is the first spot intruder will look if they want to get inside your house. Instead, give a spare key to a trusted neighbor or a family member.


7. Do not post in social media that you are alone

Posting status about "living alone" or "left alone in the house" is dangerous, because, in other sense, you are not just informing your Facebook friends that you are alone, but also your are giving information to criminals that may be stalking your profile that indeed, "You are alone". For them, this is a change to "accompany" you.



8. Take note of emergency numbers

Aside from the numbers of your immediate family, you must have hotline number of the police station, fire, hospitals, barangay or village security to call in time of emergency or if your security is at stake.

9. Take a self-defense class, buy a taser, pepper spray or tear gas

You can use this not just when you are alone but every time when you need it. With this, you can feel better about defending your family. There is basic self-defense class to learn to protect yourself.

Taser, pepper spray or tear gas. This may help you in the case of a criminal encounter. But first, know how to use it to protect yourself too.

10. Stay alert

We love music when we are alone. But please do not listen to music with your earphone. It limits your hearing of outside noise and you cannot notice if something seems wrong.

When sleeping, put your cellphone in a place when you can easily get, in the case of emergency. Know where your keys are to open your door if you need to get out. Also, do not forget your exit plan for the safety of your family.


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