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Reduce your risk of being robbed this festive season

Published:Monday | December 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Police personnel on duty in downtown Kingston. - File

As the 2014 Yuletide season approaches, the police are advising members of the public to adopt safe practices and be very vigilant in order to reduce the risk of being robbed. Citizens can apply these safety measures, among others, throughout the holiday season:

  • Ensure that valuable personal possessions (e.g. excess cash and high-end electronic devices) are properly secured or concealed. This reduces the likelihood of being targeted.
  • Avoid wearing excessive jewellery, particularly gold, especially when traversing commercial areas with high pedestrian density.
  • Make sure that large cash transactions (such as the purchasing of a motor vehicle) are conducted at a police station or a safe location.
  • Always ensure vehicle and house keys are easily accessible, to minimise the time it takes to enter homes and vehicles.
  • Always try to walk in well-lit areas. If possible, never walk alone.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you think you are being followed, immediately proceed to a crowded area.
  • If you observe suspicious persons or activities, or receive any form of threat, make a report at the nearest police station.
  • Try to avoid carrying too many bags at once. This limits your ability to respond quickly to possible attacks.
  • Do not leave valuables on car seats or in visible areas inside the vehicle.
  • Be vigilant at crowded hair salons and barber shops, as criminals have been known to target these places, especially during this season.

For members of the business community:

  • Avoid taking large sums of money to/from the bank, either by walking or driving.
  • Do not direct your employee (s) to travel with large sums of money to/from the bank
  • Employ a reputable security courier service to handle your lodgements to financial institutions.
  • Employ a security service provider/company or seek the assistance of the police to escort you to and from financial institutions with your lodgements/withdrawals.
  • If you have to conduct the lodgement/withdrawal yourself, vary the day, time and route. Do not confine yourself to a routine.
  • Avoid known trouble locations.
  • If you are using a car park, as best as possible select an area that provides flexibility and a clear view when leaving and entering your vehicle.
  • Always be conscious of your environment and do not be distracted by cell phone conversations on route to/from a financial institution.
  • On your way to and/or from a financial institution be mindful of persons trying to engage you in conversation.
  • Be mindful of persons soliciting a drive or asking for directions, especially persons pretending to know you or persons known to someone you might be acquainted with.

The police will also be increasing their presence throughout the island to minimise attacks on individuals and also provide a quick avenue for persons to report criminal activities. We are also asking the public to not be hesitant to report illegal/suspicious activities to the authorities at 119, 311 or the nearest police station, as we seek to have a peaceful yuletide season, without loss of life, property or injury to citizens.