It pays to be SAFE AND VIGILANT ALWAYS.
Beware of posers. Warn your house help, relatives and staff of posers who SEEM to be looking for you or a member of the family (or officemate, in the workplace). TELL YOUR STAFF AND FAMILY MEMBERS NOT TO LET UNFAMILIAR PEOPLE INTO YOUR PREMISES, even if they claim to be relatives, close friends or business associates.
These people look confident, educated and ACT AS IF THEY HAVE IMPORTANT BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS OR SOCIAL RELATIONS TO YOU.
LET US TRAIN OUR CHILDREN IN DEALING WITH STRANGERS. It's sad, but the police and intelligence officers I have spoken with have said that October to February are the months when MODUS OPERANDI are rampant in progressive cities such as ours. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WHAT TO DO WHEN STRANGERS TALK TO THEM. "Don't talk to strangers even if these strangers look and act pleasant and claim to know you." Teach them who strangers are (people who are unfamiliar to them). It's okay when children act aloof to people they meet for the first time (even the ones you know). It is one of their ways of protecting themselves. If a stranger holds their hand, tell the children to scream out for you and bite the stranger or do anything to attract other people's attention (make your own suggestions to your children/ask your children what they think will help them be safe and work from there). They will appear rude and uncouth but BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY.
As much as we want to expose the children to the outside world, it is best to keep an eye on them at all times while teaching them safety measures, especially the young children, tweens and teens.
I'm saying this because there have been real incidents wherein a "confident", Tagalog-speaking man who calls himself different names for each location (sometimes not identifying himself at all), rides a Maroon Vios (Plate # to be posted later), has been surveying premises within our barangay, in the guise of having some "important personal business" with "someone" in the premises. This has happened in two different locations known to me. Thank God no harm has been done to anyone within both premises. BUT BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. IT'S SAD, BUT FOR SUSPICIOUS LOOKING PEOPLE WITH DUBIOUS INTENTIONS AND ACTIONS - "Guilty until proven innocent."
This has already been reported to one of the higher ranking police officers (a family friend) and to the active members of the barangay. Safety measures are being taken.
LET US PRAY FOR SAFETY AND PROTECTION FOR OUR CITIES, PUBLIC PLACES, SCHOOLS AND HOMES. LET US TAKE ACTION IN PROTECTING OURSELVES AS WELL. May God bring security and peace in each of our lives.
Whether this Bible verse is within context, this will still help us gain the courage to carry on while being safe:
1 Corinthians 16:13 "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong."
So while we are being on GUARD, let us also have faith that God oversees all.
GOD BLESS US ALL. Please pass whether by message or word-of-mouth. Thank you.