Remain vigilant amid holiday period, public told

Izah Azahari

The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) in an advisory, urged the public to adopt safe practices and remain vigilant during the holiday period.

When leaving the house or vehicle, ensure to lock the doors and windows.

Do not leave appliances such as hammers, screwdrivers and ladders lying around, as these can be used for break-ins.Install alarms, closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and adequate outdoor lighting. Do not leave valuables in plain view around the house or in vehicles, where it can attract burglars.

Ensure that money, jewellery and other valuable items are properly secured and concealed. Inform the neighbours and nearby police stations, to keep an eye on the house, if going away or absent for a long period.

Important emergency and neighbour’s phone numbers should be recorded and kept close at hand. Do not leave the house without the lights on at night, as this indicates that the house is unoccupied.

When carrying out withdrawal transactions either through the bank counter or from the ATM machine, make sure that you are accompanied. Senior citizens are reminded to not withdraw money by themselves.

The RBPF also reminded motorists to always comply with traffic rules and regulations. Do not drive faster than the allowed speed limit, never use a mobile phone while driving, and always make sure to use a seat belt.

Motorists should avoid driving when drowsy while vehicles should always be inspected to ensure that they are roadworthy. Cultivate tolerance, consideration and responsibility for yourself and other road users, the RBPF added.

Any suspicious or criminal activities should be reported by contacting the police hotline at 993 or by visiting the nearest police station.