Jakarta Police, military join hands to secure empty houses
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Police will conduct joint patrols with the Indonesian Military (TNI) to check on empty houses in the city following mudik (mass exodus), which started to peak over the weekend.
"These empty houses become targets of crimes after their owners have left for mudik," Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono said, as quoted by tempo.co.
Argo urged holidaymakers to make sure that their houses were properly secured before leaving on mudik, adding that the police suggested homeowners install security cameras for real-time surveillance.
Holidaymakers were expected to coordinate with local security officers and their neighborhood unit heads, even trusted neighbors, to keep an eye on their empty houses during the holiday.
"[Mudik travelers] should coordinate with these parties to ensure their houses are safe," said Argo.
In addition to crimes, house fires were also known to occur in homes left empty during the holiday, he said. Argo added that the police were coordinating with fire and rescue agencies to anticipate house fires.
Holidaymakers were urged to turn off their main electricity breaker or unplug electronic appliances, and to detach gas cylinders from their stoves as a precaution before leaving. (rfa)
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