(Metro News) NPDO issues safety tips for Yuletide shoppers

November 12, 2009 9:32 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 13 — The Northern Police District Office (NPDO) has issued several safety tips to help prevent shoppers from being victimized by criminal elements out for easy cash this Christmas season.

The NPDO safety tips cautioned people from hanging out their hands from a vehicle window and passing through dark shortcuts, and be observant about the public transport they are taking.

According to NPDO, shoppers are discourage against taking supposed shortcut streets, especially if these are not well-lighted, lest they get mugged or attacked by holdupmen.

It also advised those taking taxicabs to take note of the vehicle's body number, license plate and driver's name.

Sometimes, the NPDO said just calling a friend and reciting the vehicle's plate number is already enough to deter a potential holdup.

"There are some drivers who will take advantage by mugging or jacking up the fares. Sometimes a call to a friend can deter that," the NPDO said.

Most importantly, the NPDO discouraged the display of cell phones, jewelry and other expensive gadgets, which are sure to attract the attention of criminals.

It also advised female shoppers to have more than one companion if they are going in off-out the way shopping places so that they will not be prey upon by opportunistic criminals.

The NPDO also asked the public to remember all places where there are police precincts or installations so that they know where they can seek assistance if victimized by criminal elements.

The NPDO is the police unit tasked to protect and secure the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela. (PNA)



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