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SHOW OF FORCE

Allen says more cops on streets for Christmas

By Brian Bonitto
Associate Editor —
Auto & Entertainment
bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, December 01, 2017

SENIOR Superintendent of Police Calvin Allen is urging road users to make safety a priority during the upcoming Yuletide season. He also promised to have more boots on the ground.

The traffic division head was speaking to Jamaica Observer's Auto magazine at an exclusive tour of the newly opened state-of-the-art Road Safety Hub located at the police's Elletson Road headquarters in Kingston recently.

“We are ensuring that we have officers strategically positioned, especially at certain critical intersections... When it touches down into the final week or two heading to the 25th, the afternoon is far more robust in terms of traffic flow than the mornings. We're aware of all those things and so our deployment will be so skewed. To have more officers on the road is a serious cutback on our admistrative activities, but we are ensuring that every boot is out there on the road to assist in terms of traffic flow and critically to ensure the safety of our citizens...

“The shopping centre and town squares, we're going to ensure the presence of the JCF is properly felt in that regard. We're going to be out there in all different forms and shapes as we know that there are persons out there with ill intentions and we're taking no chances,” he told Auto magazine.

“Critically, in the whole dynamics is what the citizens can do and should do towards their own safety. If you have your money, don't wait until the last minute to do your shopping because there are far more vehicles on the road at that point. Where there can be carpooling, it should be considered. Persons should avoid leaving expensive things on the front seat of their cars — this includes money and iPads. Persons should avoid walking around with a lot of jewellery, expensive cellphones... Avoid using ATMs in lonely areas, whether it's day or night. Go to an area that is busy and properly lit if it's in the night. Parents, with your children going to parties, my recommendation is to drop them at the party and let them call you to come and pick them up when it is over. It's better they call you to come and pick them up rather than you getting a call from the police or the police knocking at your door, because once that happens it's usually not good.

“Vehicles are still being stolen. Drivers should take all the necessary precautions to secure themselves and their vehicles... Don't have your windows down at the traffic lights. I know some people like to save on fuel by having their windows down, but for the purpose of safety, wind up those windows and ensure your vehicle is locked. Not all those people at the traffic light are legitimately there.

“We want persons to be far more conscious and mature in terms of using the roadways and going about your various shopping activities. As you seek to enjoy the festive season with family and friends, [treat] safety as a critical part,” he said.

SSP ALLEN'S YULETIDE TIPS

1 Avoid last-minute shopping

2 Carpooling

3 Avoid leaving expensive electronic items and jewellery in vehicles

4 Avoid using ATMs in lonely areas

5 Parents to drop off and pick up children at parties

6 Keep windows up, especially at stoplights