As the festive season draws closer, criminals are also planning to terrorize the population as they have always done but Police has stepped up operations to frustrate all their plans and ensure Ugandans enjoy their festive season safely.
In a statement read by Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Ochola has instructed all territorial commanders to continue conducting high visibility patrols across their jurisdictions and further deploy task teams, to monitor all areas targeted for opportunistic crimes especially crowded places and shopping areas.
“We are therefore, enhancing our security presence early enough, to reassure the public and also act as a deterrent to anyone considering committing a crime or disrupting the prevailing peace and safety,” the statement reads in part.
Police also urges the general public to especially those who work in the city, towns and municipalities, to remain vigilant and report any suspicions to the Police.
Police has provided the following security tips for people to put into considering as they are doing their festive shopping:
- Plan your security as you move out.
- Plan your shopping routines wisely, during day and possibility with a friend.
- Do not buy more than you can carry.
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Purchase expensive or large items on your last stop to avoid attracting criminals.
- Carry limited cash or just enough.
- If shopping with children, teach them what to do if you separate during shopping or are approached by a stranger.
- Park in secure places and do not leave valuables in your car.
- Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, put a wallet on an inside coat.
- Never hesitate to notify security if you see any suspicious activity.
- If you have to wait for a taxi or bodaboda, wait in a busy, well-lit place.
- If you feel threatened, make as much noise as possible to attract attention from any good Samaritan.
- If using public transport, have your change ready in your hand, so that your wallet or purse is out of sight.
- Do not board an empty taxi. It is risky.
- Avoid lifts from strangers. They can be very dangerous.