No illegal gun salutes will be tolerated - police
The Police High Command has warned that special measures have been put in place to nab persons engaged in the illegal practice of gun salutes on New Year's Eve.
Deputy Commissioner Clifford Blake, who is in charge of operations, said the focus on gun salute comes as reports have indicated that the velocity of bullets falling from the skies has caused numerous injuries and damage to motor vehicles and other properties.
"There are some venues that have a reputation for gun salutes, but we will be on the look out for that," Blake said, without divulging details of the measures being put in place.
With thousands of persons expected to flock to scores of venues across the Corporate Area to ring in the New Year, Blake is also urging revellers to pay attention to their safety and offered the following tips.
n Choose very carefully the events you plan to attend. Some events have a history of violence and persons should try to avoid these events.
n Travel in groups. Numbers provide support and protection, and limits the number of vehicles on the road.
n Park your vehicle in an area that is well lit. This will reduce the risk of it being stolen or burglarised.
n Avoid drinking and driving. Select a designated driver, who MUST remain sober.
n Avoid leaving valuables on car seats or other parts of the vehicle where they are exposed.
n If you see anything suspicious, call the police.