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What to do when there is Robbery / Hold up inside your Bus / Taxi?

Today I will share to you new things that i have learned during our PAGBA seminar in Bacolod City earlier this month. Credits go to our guest speaker Dr. Ted Esguerra. No one is safe anymore. Robbery / hold up happens almost everywhere. Armed robbers are no longer respecters of time and place. It might happen to you, your sister, brother, friend, classmate,  or neighbor, so i believe this is worthy of sharing. 

If you are riding a bus, jeepney, an FX taxi and there is 
robbery / hold up inside and underway, what do you do? 

Remember the “R” when you plan to commute: 

1. REDESIGN YOURSELF – don’t appear ‘rich.’  Avoid being a 
target. 

2. RECONFIGURE SET-UP  –  bring things which are not 
fanciful.  Backpack is better than branded hand bags 
because your arms can freely move. 


3. RE-DEFINE SITUATIONS  –  always note that the criminals 
are better than  you    in speed, street smart skills,  tactics, 
strength. 

4. RECONSTRUCT YOUR TRAVEL LINE  – Be familiar of your 
usual route as to presence of police stations, tanod outposts, church sites, crowded areas, etc.  Get acquainted with your travel lane.  Accidents and incidents happen in familiar 
places. 

5. ROBBERIES ARE USUALLY STRONG ARM ROBBERIES
Most robberies are considered "strong-arm" robberies and 
happen out on the street  -- meaning places like a sidewalk, 
alley way,  FX Taxi,  or in a parking lot. A mugging and a 
purse-snatching are essentially the same  thing as a strong-
arm robbery. 

6. REMEMBER THAT CRIMINALS USE GUNS MORE THAN 
KNIVES  – As per US statistics. Know how not to fight but 
know how to negotiate. 

7. REVIEW THE ‘SIGNS OF TIMES’  –  Robberies happen 
during Christmas seasons, salary dates, enrolment dates,  

8. RAT ENVIRONMENT – Robberies happen in dark places, at 
night, and in depressed areas where Police presence may 
not be common.  If your PUV passes in these areas, be 
really careful of being in the ‘ambushcade’. 

9. REAR-END, DOOR-END – Better to be seated on the rear-
end  and  near  the  doors.    If  possible,  don’t  surrender  your 
seat by sliding towards the middle. 

10.  RETRACT AND RELAX –If in a hold up situation, don’t 
be aggressive.  Don’t look at the eyes of the criminal as he 
might perceive it wrongly.  Remember, the criminals might 
be under the influence of drugs.  Relax as you negotiate that 
you must not be harmed.  When you hand your wallet or 
phone, tell the robber that you are getting your wallet.  He 
might perceive it as drawing a gun or any weapon.  

  11.  REFINE  –  Cooperate with the crooks so as to avoid 
harm. 

12.  REINFORCE –  If you have a bag, place it in between 
you and the robber as a form of a shield.  He might 
anxiously or in a clumsy manner stab you or shoot you 
accidentally.  At least, the barriers might help impede a 
devastating injury. 

13.  REMEMBER FACES OF THE CRIMINALS IF YOU 
CAN – Do it secretly when you profile the criminals. 

14.  REPORT – Report crimes appropriately so as to create 
a highway of proof as it might be perpetrated by a syndicate 
or the same criminal group 

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