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The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has assured that it would be vigilant in securing life and property during this Christmas season.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Clement Logan, told a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, that the Police would be deploying more officers to patrol the streets of Kingston.
“We have scaled down our offices and we are using those persons to do foot patrols in the various townships,” he informed.
Their presence, he explained, would be mostly seen in Half-Way-Tree, Papine, Cross Roads, Liguanea and downtown Kingston. In a few days, he noted, “we should be getting more persons to assist”.
It is expected that as Christmas Eve draws closer, another batch of plain-clothes and uniformed officers would be deployed, including members of the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF).
The JCF will also be working in collaboration with private security companies, including King Alarm, to ensure that businesses and plazas are safe for shoppers. “The private security companies work within the police divisions . and they form part of the auxiliary staff . [because the police and the security companies] have a relationship where they can call us if they need assistance,” Mr. Logan said.
The security firms, he informed, are provided with straight-line numbers to some police stations as well as radio systems to contact the Police in cases of extreme emergencies.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Superintendent has urged members of the public to play their part in ensuring their safety. He emphasized that safety should begin first with an individual, “then extend to those in the workplace and then the wider community”.
Mr. Logan stressed the importance of safety at home, not just securing the physical structure but also the entire environment. “You need to look at fences, how you build them . when you make a wall around the house you don’t want to make them too high, because when you are in nobody can see you. If your home is under attack from thieves, no one will be aware of what is happening,” he said.
He warned persons to avoid keeping heavy shrubs near their homes, as these “are perfect hideouts for criminals”.
“We love trees but we have to control them so that they don’t become overgrown,” he informed. If this is not possible, Mr. Logan is encouraging all to, “employ the use of outside lights”.
Another recommendation put forward by the Deputy Superintendent is building good relationships with neighbours. He explained that a mutually beneficial relationship meant that contact numbers are exchanged for cases of emergency and that each person look out for the other, including watching over each other’s property. “I don’t mean just talking to them . (but) they look out for you and you look out for them,” he said.
“One important thing is that we live close to our neighbours.we speak well, but in an emergency we don’t have a telephone number. (and) you see something happening and you cannot go out there to tell them. By going outside to alert neighbours you will eventually put your life and property at risk,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, parents are being urged to teach their children to be security conscious. Mr. Logan is encouraging parents to ask their children to take particular note of strange people in their surroundings. If strangers are observed, he suggested that either parents or children could call or make a formal report to the nearest police station.
Another area of concern for the police is motor vehicle theft. According to the Deputy Superintendent, “most people lose their cars when they come home and are leaving”, and the trend is not expected to decline sharply this Christmas. As such, owners of motor vehicles are being asked to take the necessary precautionary measures.
He is recommending that individuals change the way they operate. “For those of us who have two cars, do not always leave that same car at home. That’s a giveaway.” He said that it would be best to move that car out of sight or relocate it to another area.

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