Krysta Anderson, Gleaner Writer
Christmas, in all its merriment, is one of the busiest seasons of the year. It is also one of the most dangerous. One of our biggest events for this season would have to be grand market, which occurs across the island on the eve of the big day. To ensure that efficient security measures are being taken by those wishing to go out on that night, particularly women and children, the Flair, along with the Constabulary Communication Network (CCN), has compiled ten useful safety tips just for you.
1 Most people make their way from place to place on foot, so avoid taking out large sums of money in big crowds, because you never know who will be lurking to snatch it then and there, or trail you later to collect what does not belong to them.
2 Avoid known troubled spots and routes. Yes, it is a busy season, and it may seem popular for the night, but it would be safer if you did not trek into unknown territory alone.
3 Always be conscious of your environment and desist from being distracted by cell phone conversations while on the road. If you really need to make a call, keep it short and to the point.
4 Even though acts of kindness during this season would really go a long way, be mindful of persons (strangers) soliciting a drive or asking for direction, especially persons pretending to know you or known to someone you might be acquainted with, for this may very well be a trap.
5 Be alert as pickpockets and con artists may use various methods to distract you with the aim of taking your valuables.
6 The children out on the road with friends should be advised before going out to avoid strangers. Travel in groups as much as they possibly can. Always stay as a unit and do not go off alone, since they may encounter these strangers in areas low in population.
7 Stay in well-lit and well-travelled areas as much as possible.
8 If you are using a car park, as best as possible select an area which provides flexibility and a clear view when leaving and entering your vehicle.
9 Also, ensure parked cars are properly locked and do not leave bags in clear sight.
10 Since police presence is increased on the road during this time, take advantage of this by locating them so that you may be able to access help quickly and easily.