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    • The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is urging citizens to be extra vigilant as they go about their various activities during the festive season.
    • Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) at the Community Safety and Security Branch, Karina Powell-Hood, said that there is usually an increase in robberies, road crashes, fraudulent activities and house break-ins during this period and so it is important that persons take precautions to minimize risk to their lives and property.
    • The SSP assured persons that the police will continue to maintain a strong presence on the streets, in shopping areas and other public places to enforce law and order during the festive period.

    The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is urging citizens to be extra vigilant as they go about their various activities during the festive season.

    Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) at the Community Safety and Security Branch, Karina Powell-Hood, said that there is usually an increase in robberies, road crashes, fraudulent activities and house break-ins during this period and so it is important that persons take precautions to minimize risk to their lives and property.

    SSP Powell-Hood, who was addressing a JIS Think Tank today (December 17), provided some tips on how citizens can remain safe during the holiday season.

    “When you go to do your shopping, try not to carry around large sums of cash, but use your credit and debit cards instead, as it is easier to replace the cards than to get back the cash that you lost or was robbed of,” she advised.

    She said it is also advisable for persons to travel in groups; refrain from wearing excessive jewelry, especially gold, while traversing public spaces and to be mindful of their surroundings at all times.

    “When you buy those very expensive gadgets, the ipad or the ipods, the expensive cellular phones, the lap tops, don’t leave them on the car seat. If you have a car that has trunk space, we encourage you to put them in the trunk so they are not seen,” she further advised.

    The SSP assured persons that the police will continue to maintain a strong presence on the streets, in shopping areas and other public places to enforce law and order during the festive period.

    “We have started to deploy police officers in the shopping centres, plazas and at some of the major intersections in the corporate area,” SSP Powell-Hood informed, adding that this will be replicated throughout the island at bus parks, cash centres and densely populated areas.

    She also urged business operators to request the assistance of the police or a reputable security company if they need to transport or move cash from their business places to financial institutions.

    SSP Powell-Hood is also advising persons disposing of barrels received from overseas to cut or mark out the names and addresses written on the sides “so that no one can have information that could be used by those with criminal intent.”

    She said householders should also bolt windows and doors at nights and when no one is home and “not to leave keys where persons can readily and easily see them.”

    On the matter of safe driving, she urged persons to adhere to the adage ‘do not drink and drive’ as “unfortunately, there is a spike in the number of car crashes and accidents during this period and quite a bit of these cases are due to faulty overtaking and speeding as a result of alcohol ingestion.”

    She is appealing to persons to have designated drivers, obey the road signs and the speed limit and ensure that all passengers in a vehicle are properly secured using seatbelts, car seats and all other safety devices.

     

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