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What to do When You Lose Your Valuables in Cebu City

Losing valuables is actually a pretty common thing in Cebu. It could be because you misplaced it. Or someone stole it from you / robbed you. Cebu is not exactly the safest place in the world and it’s no secret that there is quite a community of pickpockets, cons, scammers and robbers here. Yep, they're a community.

So what do you do when you lose something in Cebu City?

  1. Check to make sure that you did not just misplace the item. Check all your pockets and all the compartments of your bag. Retrace your steps and see if the item is still where you dropped it.
  2. Ask the mall or hotel concierge / information counter if someone returned your items. Leave them your contact number in case someone returns something, they can contact you.
  3. If your item was stolen or you were robbed, go to the nearest police station and file a police report.

Here’s a list of the locations and contact numbers of Cebu City’s police stations:

  Location Telephone Number
Police Station 1 Parian Cebu City 032 254-5002
Police Station 2 Fuente Osmeña, Cebu City 032 253-5636
032 256-2194
032 255-7350
Police Station 3 Waterfront Pier Area 032 254-6968
Police Station 4 Mabolo, Cebu City 032 412-8262
032 233-6793
Police Station 5 Carbon, Cebu City 032 256-2192
032 254-8635
Police Station 6 Taboan, Cebu City 032 261-9788
Police Station 7 Pardo, Cebu City 032 273-3642
Police Station 8 Talamban, Cebu City 032 344-7400
Police Station 9 Guadalupe, Cebu City 032 256-2193
Police Station 10 Punta Princesa, Cebu City 032 261-7507
032 261-5470
Police Station 11 Mambaling, Cebu City 032 261-9804

So, the point of all this is:

  1. Exercise a high degree of caution in Cebu City, especially if you are around the Colon, Pasil, Pari-an area.
  2. Always be alert and keep your valuables close.
  3. If you don’t really need to tote them around, keep your valuables hidden away inside the hotel safety box or ask the concierge to stash away your valuables. They will do so for a fee.
  4. Don't bring wads of cash.
  5. If you lose something, go directly to the nearest police station. See above for the list of Cebu City’s police stations.
  6. If you got robbed (hopefully not) or got pickpocketed, contact the Cebu City Police Theft and Robbery Section at +63 32 234 0361
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