Date: 30 June 2014
To : The Xavier Community
From : Security Office
Subject : Alert/Vigilance against Robbers, Holdup Gangs, “Dugo
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These past days, the incidence of crimes such as snatching, robbery, hold-ups and the vile ploys of dugo-dugo gangs have been on the rise in Metro Manila. While the occurrence of these crime incidents is not concentrated in the area of Xavier School, some of the members of the Xavier community have not been spared. We wish to advise the members of the Xavier Community, especially those who commute daily or walk the streets surrounding the school, to be more vigilant.
Here are some helpful tips:
1. Avoid using your cellular phones or electronic gadgets while walking in public waiting for a ride, or while on board a public transport/utility vehicle;
2. Avoid walking alone and along dark or unlighted, isolated streets or alleys; try to walk with a companion, either male or female as an armed robber is less likely to confront two or more, than a lone individual;
3. Be wary of motorcyclists (especially those riding in tandem); some of them may be snatchers and usually victimize women by snatching their shoulder/ handbags or gadgets;
4. Avoid riding a taxicab alone. If you must, ride with a group of 2-3 friends; there is safety in numbers;
5. Don’t carry more than you can afford to lose. One suggestion is to carry a second wallet containing a few bills and old credit cards which are normally destroyed or discarded.
6. When you are out on an errand and your children are left alone at home or with the household help, advise them not to call or deal with strangers. “Dugo-dugo” gangs operate by victimizing unsuspecting members of the household (especially children/minors). They will call your house and inform your child that a parent or any close member of the family met an accident, and that a big amount of money is needed to cover emergency hospital expenses. They will instruct your child to gather all jewelries and cash in the house and bring this to a designated place e.g., a mall or a restaurant.
For the added safety of everyone, the school continues to station a security guard along Ortigas-Ash Creek-Madison Square from Monday to Friday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The guard is there to help monitor the perimeter and ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff after school/office hours. The barangay tanods of Greenhills and Little Baguio are helping the school by remaining alert/vigilant to prevent the incidence of these crimes especially in the vicinity of Xavier and ICA.
For your information and guidance.
Fr. ARISTOTLE C. DY, S.J.