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Safety tips for the road this Carnival

Published: 
Sunday, February 10, 2013
WPC Alicia Greaves chats with a member of the public on Carnival safety tips at a booth set up by community policing officers on the Brian Lara Promenade, Port-of-Spain, on Friday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES

So Carnival is here once again and we’re all ready for the road. One of the major issues with Carnival is security. Even with extra police on the road, the crowd can get very thick in a matter of seconds. The security issues of Carnival do not only surround petty theft, but also violence, accidents and even death. 

 

Here are some important safety tips to help keep you safe this Carnival:

When attending parties and other activities you are reminded that you should:
• Wear minimal jewelry
• Travel in groups to and from activities.
• Not carry around or display large amounts of cash.
• Not have wallets and change purses visible.
• Not accept drinks from strangers or leave drinks unattended.
• Prearrange transport arrangements and designate an alcohol free driver.

Parents and guardians are reminded that their children should:
• All wear identification cards bearing their name, name of parent/guardian, address and telephone number.
• Not be left unsupervised at home.
• Not be left in the charge of strangers.
• Not use public conveniences unless an adult accompanies them.
• Not accept food or drink from strangers.
 
Holders of licensed firearms are reminded that they should:
• Ensure that their firearm is properly secured at home.
• Not display firearms in public.
• Not draw their firearm unless they are in a life-threatening situation.
• Remember that their firearm is a lethal weapon and they should not become intoxicated when carrying it.
 
When driving to fetes and other activities you are reminded that you should:
• Ensure that your vehicle is properly secured.
• Use paid car parks whenever possible.
• Not overcrowd vehicles.
• Not drink and drive.
• Lock doors when vehicle is in motion.
• Notify the police whenever you observe any strange activities around vehicles.
• Obey traffic signs
• Not leave your vehicle unattended with engine running.
• Not leave valuable items exposed in your vehicle.
• Be cautious of persons loitering near traffic lights.
• Have your keys in hand when you approach your vehicle.
• Be vigilant at all times when returning home especially at night and if you are travelling alone.
 
Visitors to T&T are reminded that they should:
• Carry some form of identification on their person when attending activities.
• Take public transportation with “H” being the first letter on the number plate.
• Verify the cost of transportation before boarding hired vehicles.
• Avoid dark and lonely areas, ie, walking through the Queen's Park Savannah at night.
• Not accept lifts from strangers.
• Not carry around or display large amounts of cash.
• Secure wallets and purses especially in crowded areas.
• Find a police officer if they need assistance.
 
    (Information courtesy the 
    Trinidad and Tobago Police Service)