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SchoolTips brings you the concluding part of security tips compiled by the Lagos State Police Command and the State Security Services (SSS) for the benefit of the general public.

SECURITY TIPS FOR CHILDREN

  • Teach children never to admit strangers into the home;
  • Teach children local emergency phone numbers (Lagos-112 and 767). Make sure younger children know their names, address, and phone number;
  • Get to know all your teenager’s friends;
  • Caution teenagers about “blind dates” or meeting anyone they do not know;
  • Teach younger member of your family not to open mails or packages;
  • Teach young children how to answer telephone so that they do not give out personal information, such as home address, absence of adults, etc.;
  • Teach children how to say “NO” to strangers;
  • Teach children how to exit the house in case of emergency.

FAMILY SECURITY TIPS

  • Endeavour to vet and re-vet domestic staff through the service of the SSS;
  • Always sensitize members of your family on security tips gained through security awareness;
  • Further sensitize family members on emerging threats against human health as well as new crime trends; and
  • Keep dangerous objects away from children.

OFFICE SECURITY TIPS

  • Install CCTV cameras in your business premises to monitor movements of people and assist police in identifying criminals;
  • Be careful of colleagues and other associates;
  • Do not divulge office information to staff and non-staff without authorization;
  • Learn and adhere to the rules and regulations governing your employment;
  • Avoid amorous affairs in your office environment;
  • Be cautious of friends who always wish to discuss official matters when they visit you or take you out on social outings;
  • Avoid discussing official or personal/financial information on the phone;
  • Be cautious of colleagues who may exploit your relationship to gain unauthorized access to information within your domain;

TRAVELLING SECURITY TIPS

  • Ensure that your vehicle is in good mechanical condition before embarking on any road trip (check spare tyres/tools);
  • Avoid night travels and always keep enough money for emergency situations like boarding fresh conveyance;
  • Do not wear excess jewellery and always dress casually;
  • Be wary of discussing your travel/business plans;
  • If on a flight, adhere to all security/safety instructions, and when travelling by road, be cautious of sharing food with strangers;
  • Keep away from any luggage not attended to in hotels, airports or other public places.

KIDNAPPING SECURITY TIPS

  • Keep emergency numbers with you at all times. You can create speed dial numbers in your mobile phone just in case you find yourself in a very compromising situation;
  • Do not give away any personal information such as your home address, especially on social networking websites or to persons unknown to you;
  • Watch what and where you speak, especially on the phone. A lot of people have no sense of security while speaking, and you could end up bragging yourself into being kidnapped for a ransom;
  • Be alert to suspicious and unusual behaviour around you;
  • Be discrete in your philanthropic gestures as this could make you a target;
  • Do not discuss financial matters in open places and not even in the car or within the hearing of your domestic staff;
  • Avoid huge cash transactions; use ATM or online transfer where necessary;
  • Do not leave your children in a car unattended, particularly while shopping, refuelling or on social outings;
  • Avoid going out alone;
  • Schools should install CCTV in the school surroundings to monitor activities in and around the premises especially at opening and closing times.

BOMB THREAT SCENARIO

  • Be alert and report any suspicious or unfamiliar person(s) in your neighbourhood;
  • Report any suspicious package/vehicle to the nearest police station/check point/security post

ROAD SAFETY (ROAD TRAFFIC LAW)

  • Do not use your phone or send text messages while driving. Use of phones while driving increase the chances of accidents by 300% and it is against the law; (Schedule 1, item 39 of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law);
  • Even when using phone with hands free approved by Traffic Law, do not engage in long conversations as this absorbs all your attention, increasing the chance of accident/robbery/kidnapping;
  • Ensure that all your vehicles lights (head lamps, rear lights, brake lights, and indicators) are functioning. Car owners, office fleets, delivery trucks/vans, tankers (NUPENG), Buses (Staff,NURTW, BRT/LAGBUS) (schedule 3, items 30-33 of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law);
  • Vehicles with learner signs should not be driven without an instructor;
  • Do not drive against traffic;
  • Be considerate of and courteous to other road users.

SECURITY TIPS IN HOTELS

  • Do not discuss your business or travel plans in public areas where you may be overhead. Discuss your travel plans and movements with as few people as possible;
  • Do not entertain strangers in your hotel room;
  • Be alert to overly friendly locals who may have criminal intentions. They may offer to take you to a ‘special’ restaurant. Their ruse may be to offer you drugged refreshments;
  • Never leave valuables in your hotel room exposed or unattended to, even in locked suitcases;
  • Place valuables, money, jewellery, airplane tickets, credit cards, passport, in a hotel safe deposit box or room safe;
  • Familiarize yourself with escape routes in case of fire or other catastrophe;
  • Use the door chain or bolt lock whenever you are in your room;
  • Use the door viewer(peephole) before opening the door to visitors;
  • Do not discuss your room number, while standing in the lobby or leave your room key on restaurant or bar tables;
  • Keep your room neat so will notice disturbed or missing items quickly.

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