Be cautious, vigilant during Raya celebrations: RBPF

Izah Azahari

With Syawal just around the corner, Muslims are busy preparing for Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations while adhering to the Ministry of Health (MoH) guidelines and standard operating procedures in controlling the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) shared matters that need to be taken into account before and during the Aidilfitri festivities, among which is a call for the public to increase vigilance and take precautionary measures:

When withdrawing money either through the bank counter or from an ATM, ensure that you are accompanied, and do not let senior citizens withdraw money alone.

When leaving the house, ensure that fences, doors and windows are closed and locked; do not leave tools such as hammers, screwdrivers and ladders outside as they can be used by criminals to break into the house or a parked vehicle.

The outdoor area of the house should always be adequately lit; do not let grass or bushes in the property be overgrown; do not leave valuables outside the home or in vehicles where it could attract a criminal’s attention; money, jewellery and valuables must be kept in safe places; inform neighbours so they can observe the area during one’s absence; and install security devices such as CCTV or alarms.

The public is advised to increase vigilance while on the road; abide by road laws and regulations and follow the instructions of roadside safety signs. The public should also refrain from exceeding the speed limit and practise slowing down; refrain from using a mobile phone while driving; and should always wear a seat belt.

The public is also advised not to drive when feeling drowsy and to check the vehicles to ensure they are safe; be tolerant and considerate to other road users; and take responsibility in one’s safety and that of others.