Police step up patrol near homes of out-of-towners: NPA
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Police will step up patrols near households of people who are on vacation during the New Year's break, said National Police Agency (NPA) under the Ministry of the Interior yesterday.
February 11, 2013, 12:52 am TWN
“During the holidays, many people are out of town, and their homes are subject to break-ins by burglars,” the NPA said. “To ensure the safety of homes of both Taiwan and foreign residents, the agency has launched the 'Neighborhood Safety Patrol Program' as a preventive measure against crime.”
Last year, some 29,273 people applied for the service, NPA said, citing data it gathered from police departments in cities and counties across the island.
“To apply for the service, you can either call the 110 emergency number, or make a walk-in application at your nearest patrol station,” the agency said. “Our police officers will treat applicants with politeness and professionalism and will process their applications in the speediest manner.”
Once the application is made, police officers will step up patrols near homes that are empty. They will patrol in the area at least once every two hours to make sure that no break-ins or other incidents happen, NPA said.
“It's our job to keep your households safe so that you can travel without feeling worried or concerned,” the agency said.