As the school holiday season starts, the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) issued an advisory yesterday for the public to remain alert and increase vigilance by taking appropriate security measures, especially when leaving homes.
Gates, doors and windows should be secured and locked and the installation of alarm systems and also CCTV cameras are advised to prevent any criminal activities.
The police also stressed that valuable items such as jewellery, cash and important documents should not be left at an unattended home.
Those leaving the country for holidays are also advised to inform their relatives or neighbours to keep an eye on their houses, while those intending to leave their house vacant for longer periods are advised to inform the nearest police stations.
Adequate lighting should also be used in the evening for house vicinities while valuables should not be left outside the house or inside cars as this will become an attraction for criminals.
Tools such as ladders, screwdrivers and saws should also not be kept outside homes as it can be used by criminals to break into houses and cars.
Meanwhile, parents are also advised to monitor the activities of their children, by not allowing them to come back home late and ensure that they are not loitering in public spaces.
The public is also urged to inform the police through hotline 993 or mukim penghulus, village heads or Neighbourhood Watch members if they find any suspicious activities around their areas.