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December 13, 2013
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Safety tips for the festive season

The police are urging citizens to take security precautions and to be on the lookout for suspicious persons within their communities, even as the festive season approaches.

This call comes as the police are encouraging citizens to take greater care to protect themselves, their families and their communities, especially against the background that criminals being sought by the police oftentimes try to elude the lawmen by fleeing to other communities where they hide in plain sight.

Citizens are urged to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious persons or incidents they may be involved in, so that the necessary investigations can be conducted by the police.

The following are some useful tips to keep in mind:

1. Immediately report all suspicious persons or incidents in the community to the police and cooperate fully in giving lawmen information about such persons. Be keen on description, mode of transportation, time of day, and specific areas such person(s) frequent.

2. Warn children to avoid strangers, especially if they encounter them alone in sparsely populated areas.

3. Maintain communication with the local police. They are there to protect you.

4. Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Con-artists may use various methods to distract you with the aim of taking your valuables.

5. As much as is possible, travel in groups. There is much truth in the adage that there is safety in numbers.

6. Be actively involved in the neighbourhood watch groups in your communities in an attempt to easily detect criminals, so that the police can act speedily in maintaining a crime free community.

7. As best as is possible, stay in well-lit and well-travelled areas.

8. Always trust your instincts.

The police are also reminding citizens that harbouring a criminal is an offence punishable by law and are urging every citizen to help the police make all communities safe.

Dial the police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311 or contact the nearest police station to make a report, and visit our website (www.jcf.gov.jm) for these and other safety tips which may be published from time to time.

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