Staying Safe in Cagayan de Oro City

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We don’t want to alarm you, but in light of the recent events, it’s absolutely important that you become extra vigilant with your surroundings and learn how to secure your safety.

The city of Cagayan de Oro, also known as the City of Golden Friendship, is one of the safest cities in the Philippines, not to mention that the locals are also friendly and approachable. However, with all the things that are happening—not just in the Philippines but across the globe—it wouldn’t hurt if you also become vigilant these days.

In this article, we will share with you a list of tips on how you can stay safe. Here’s everything that you should know:

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Be observant with your surroundings—that’s the best way to secure your safety whenever roaming around the city. Attackers usually victimize people with the element of surprise. When you are aware of what’s happening around you, it’s definitely much easier to notice if there are something off in your environment.

Whenever you are going out, avoid texting or using your phone. Stay focused with what’s going on around you.

Trust Your Intuition

It is important to trust your intuition. If you feel like something is off, then trust your gut feeling and follow what it’s telling you. There are times when our intuition can be wrong, but when it comes to safety, it is definitely more critical if you err on the side of caution.

Guard Your Valuables

Pickpockets are becoming more and more common in any city, and everyone’s a potential victim. To avoid getting victimized by snatchers and pickpockets, the best thing that you can do is to guard your valuables. Never flash your money or wallet in public places. Refrain also from using your phones and other gadgets. Bad elements always thrive in densely packed hubs, quietly choosing their next victim. Flashing your valuables becomes a clear invitation to get targeted by these criminals.

Additionally, make sure to put your valuables securely in your bag. Avoid putting your wallet or phone in your back pocket. Hold your bags near your bodies or strap them around your torso and neck.

Don’t Talk to Strangers

There’s nothing wrong with being polite, even to strangers. However, you must be extra careful when someone approaches you and engage you in a conversation. If a complete stranger approaches you for money or asks for direction but rambles and seems to stall for time, you can always tell them to go to the police for assistance.

A lot of people are getting conned by strangers, so keep your encounters with people you don’t know short and brief. Prioritize your safety first.

Avoid Going Alone in Dark and Deserted Areas

Dark and deserted places are the playground of all sorts of criminals. As much as possible, avoid going to these places all by yourself. Go with your friends and be with the group all the time. If you really can’t find a companion and you really have to venture into such places, then be extra careful.

Be Always on Your Feet

Thinking and responding quickly when an emergency arises are among the best things that you can do to ensure your safety. Always think of your escape plan when getting caught in an unwanted situation. Screaming alone won’t save you; think beforehand of ways on how you can handle dire situations.

Take Heed of Advisories Coming from the Authorities

Always follow the advisories given by the local authorities. That’s absolutely the easiest way on how you can be safe. If they announce that the public should refrain from going into public spaces due to a threat, then heed the announcement. If they say that you should evacuate (in the case of the typhoon), then do as they say.

Secure Your Home

If you also want to secure your home and protect it against burglars, then consider investing in a security system. Having a home security system is one of the fastest ways that you can do to protect your family and your valuables. It will also help lessen your worries about potential break-ins.

However, even when you already have a security system installed, make sure to still check your home and lock your doors and windows before sleeping or going out.

Always be vigilant of your surroundings, and see to it that you make your safety your top priority.

Keep safe everyone!