Translated by Fulano from an article in BCS Noticias.
La Paz, Baja California Sur – In light of the wave of violence experienced in La Paz, the Headquarters of Municipal Civil Protection made a series of recommendations, among which are to not go out in the streets at night and to lock doors and windows.
In a press release, society is asked to not be fooled by “unfounded rumors of actions against the civil population by organized crime.” They ask the population to remain calm and not distribute false information.
“Remember that during this period, firing off fireworks and the psychosis we are experiencing can confuse people. Avoid causing panic among the people. Do not risk going outside in the midst of these type of events,” it recommends.
The measures for self-protection recommended for the population are:
– Avoid travelling or walking at late hours of the night without good reason, especially in areas with little lighting or which are sparsely populated. If you have to travel or walk in these circumstances, try not to do it alone.
– Lock doors and windows when leaving your home and before going to sleep.
– Remove very dark tinting from your vehicle windows, and use only the tints authorized, which are light enough that one can see from outside any odd situation which may be occurring inside the vehicle.
– Always carry some form of official identification and from where you work.
– If you are travelling on foot or in your vehicle and any competent authority orders you to stop, do so immediately. If you are driving, turn on the interior lights and lower the windows. Answer those questions you are asked and identify yourself to the security personnel.
– If you hear sounds which sound like explosions where you live or wherever you are, look for shelter in your home, or at the closest public or commercial building. If you are driving, leave the area and report what happened only if you witnessed the event and you are sure it was firearms being fired. Remember that during this period, firing off fireworks and the psychosis we are experiencing can confuse us. Avoid causing panic among the people.
– If you have information about people, vehicles or events which happened and want to report them but feel unsafe, make them to telephone number 088 from any public telephone.
– If you are caught in the middle of a crossfire, do not hesitate, get on the ground as fast as possible, laying face down, cover your head and next to any wall.
– Do not try to see what is happening, do not take photographs nor video record the events. If you are with a child, lay him down with you and protect him with your body. If you are with a handicapped person, lay him on the ground and cover his head. Do not get up until Public Safety units have arrived at the location. If the gunfire continues, remain in the same position and wait for instructions from authorities.
– Being a drug trafficker is not a dress style. Do not imitate it. Do not pretend to be one.
– Remember, if you need help, call 066 from any conventional, cellular or public telephone. The call is free.