Be careful about leaving the house on New Year – police

THE DAVAO City Police Office again warned the public against leaving their homes unattended as thieves and burglars might take advantage of the long weekend ahead of the New Year.

“Those who will leave their houses for long periods of time, they should ensure that the doors are locked,” spokesperson, Chief Insp. Milgrace C. Driz, said in an interview yesterday.

Driz also said that they can also ask their neighbors to watch over their house in the meantime.

“They should also make sure also to unplug their appliances to prevent fire to happen,”she added.

On Monday, the Suawan Elementary School in Marilog District was ransacked by unidentified burglars at around 7 a.m. Two boxes of electrical wire worth P7,000 was missing.

Marilou Gubat, school caretaker, told police investigators that the burglars gained entry by destroying the cyclone wire fence and jalousies of the principal’s office.

The city is placed on “double red alert” status for the coming New Year to preempt the expected rise of petty crimes during the holiday season.

“We need to be even more vigilant because we received some information about a threat, although the threat is not that intense,” she said, without elaborating on the nature of the intel.

“We really can’t predict what will happen, so we will institute security measures to preempt any eventuality,”she added.

Police tightened also their checkpoints in the exit and entry points in the city, but asked the public to text or call the police hotline if they find anything suspicious.

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