Fact. Most people in the Philippines are poor and they need to eat. Fact. They may see you as someone who has money and a home and they will think that something being stolen from you is just you sharing your blessings.The Philippines – although generally safe and sincerely friendly to tourists – is also prone to the usual safety issues plaguing even more developed countries, such as petty crime and small scams. Before planning a trip to this Southeast Asian paradise, it makes sense to read up about general safety in the country.
The Philippines – although generally safe and sincerely friendly to tourists – is also prone to the usual safety issues plaguing even more developed countries, such as petty crime and small scams. Before planning a trip to this Southeast Asian paradise, it makes sense to read up about general safety in the country.
The Philippines has developed rather a bad reputation in recent years with terrorism activity in the far south of the country and the hijacking of a tourist bus in Manila in 2010. However, these are isolated incidents and there is no reason for tourists visiting the popular spots to worry about safety in the Philippines any more than their home countries, providing they take sensible precautions.
Most homes here are built with huge gates and broken glass along the top of the walls. It is very normal to see every window with metal bars and these are for the more average income homes. The truth is that theft is rampant in the Philippines, but the thought of having someone in your home as a thief is one thing. Imagine coming across that thief. What will they do and what will you do? Prison for most Filipinos means years of suffering!!
Here are 10 ways to secure your home without making it appear like a fortress (note that these security tips don’t cover if you’re a renter):
(1) Don’t build high walls. High walls in the Philippines are associated with the wealthy, so unless it’s absolutely necessary, keep your perimeter simple but show enough prominence that you value privacy. Remember, the less attractive your home is to burglars, the safer it is for the whole household.
(2) Don’t keep valuables inside. It is always a good idea to store your wealth somewhere safe where they are protected by an agency. So, keep your priceless possessions offsite and out of reach of intruders.
(3) Secure your air conditioner. An air conditioner commonly requires a large hole on the wall that even an over-sized thief can sneak in and see what’s inside, so put an extra security around it to secure the whole unit.
(4) Avoid large dog door. Although, this is not commonly practiced in the Philippines, take extra care when installing a dog door, because a decided intruder can always mimic your pet and crawl his way in.
(5) Avoid installing glass near your doorknob. A glass can easily add up to an elegant home design but installing it near your doorknob can give a welcoming clue for an intruder to smash it and reach for your doorknob.
(6) Install security lighting. Intruders always love to stay in the shadows, so install a strong lighting system in your outdoor surroundings to dishearten them. A well-placed security lighting also enables your family to enjoy the outdoor fixtures of your property at night, helps avoid accidents, and even magnifies your property’s aesthetic landscape at sundown.
(7) Create an open space. Open spaces are always a good way to make intruders hesitant to break cover and expose themselves, so avoid shrubbery where strangers can easily camouflage their way to your house.
(8) Get a watchdog. While every dog has a good instinct of keeping strangers at bay, a watchdog can give an added advantage to your home security because they are trained to defend the whole household.
(9) Don’t display valuables. Valuables are hot stuffs and can entice a thief, upon seeing them, to calculate his earnings and plan his way in, so be careful not to leave your valuables in the open where passers-by can easily notice them.
(10) Don’t reveal your security system. Keep outsiders guessing, so don’t display security stickers in obvious places of your property where intruders can easily notice and get a clue of any security weakness.