As the Yuletide season approaches, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has announced that it has heightened its security presence in and around commercial districts across the island and on public thoroughfares.
The police are also urging the public to adopt safe practices as they traverse the nation’s streets to conduct business.
Jamaicans are also being urged to obey road signs and markings in order to reduce or eliminate road accidents and fatalities.
The safety tips issued by the JCF on Monday include a plea for people when taking public transportation, especially taxis, to always remember the licence plate number, colour, and make of the vehicle.
The JCF is also encouraging Jamaicans to always inform someone they trust when boarding a taxi.
“Be wary of drivers who ask you to divert from planned routes. Taxi drivers are also being warned to be alert and look out for criminals who pose as passengers. Avoid carrying groups of men, and be wary of passengers who ask you to divert,” said the JCF.
“Do not drink and drive. Have a designated driver when you attend events in case you consume excessive alcohol. Also ensure your vehicles are properly secured at these events,” added the constabulary.
The JCF said it will continue to work assiduously to rid the streets of crime and violence and is urging the public to report crimes to the Police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311, or the nearest police station.