Be Safe Dur­ing Car­ni­val Sea­son

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Force of­fers the fol­low­ing ad­vice: Crime pre­ven­tion means be­ing aware of your en­vi­ron­ment and re­main­ing alert to sit­u­a­tions that could make you vul­ner­a­ble to crime. We can­not list spe­cific mea­sures that will pro­tect you from ev­ery threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tion which may arise. In­stead, we hope to teach you how to think "Crime Pre­ven­tion" in day-to-day liv­ing. 1. Be­ware of mov­ing ve­hi­cles espe­cially those used in the Car­ni­val Pa­rade. 2. Look out for rapid mov­ing crowds (if not in­volved) to pre­vent be­ing stomped on. 3. Take note of the size of the road; drains could be a haz­ard. 4. Ob­serve the de­meanour of per­sons next to you; those of a dis­cred­itable na­ture should be avoided. 5. Young per­sons (chil­dren) should al­ways be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. 6. Note the lo­ca­tions of emer­gency ve­hi­cles, Po­lice and Am­bu­lance, also tem­po­rary emer­gency struc­tures. 7. Ac­knowl­edge the pres­ence of au­thor­ity, and ad­here to in­struc­tions to pre­vent em­bar­rass­ment and pos­si­ble in­jury. 8. Avoid al­ley­ways and side roads, dark cor­ners and scarcely pop­u­lated ar­eas; it's pre­ferred if per­sons move around in groups, avoid­ing iso­la­tion. Stay in well­lit ar­eas. 9. Re­treat from ar­eas where dis­tur­bances have oc­curred. Don't rush in. 10. Re­frain from car­ry­ing and dis­play­ing large amounts of cash. 11. Ex­ces­sive dis­play of ex­pen­sive per­sonal ef­fects such as jew­ellery, cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories should be avoided. 12. Park ve­hi­cles in a well­lit se­cure place or where the ve­hi­cle can be in pub­lic view. 13. When in a fear­ful sit­u­a­tion, draw at­ten­tion to your­self to alert oth­ers of your dis­tress. 14. Re­sist the urge to multi-task while walk­ing; wait to make phone calls, check your email and lis­ten to mu­sic at your des­ti­na­tion. 15. Do not use ATMs that are lo­cated in re­mote ar­eas; use ATMs dur­ing the day­light hours in well-pop­u­lated ar­eas. 16. Never hitch­hike or ac­cept rides from strangers. 17. Limit your al­co­hol in­take and/or have a des­ig­nated driver. 18. Men: if you carry a wal­let, place the wal­let in your front hip pocket or in­side jacket pocket - do not carry it in the back pocket of your trousers. 19. Women: when walk­ing in pub­lic spa­ces carry a small hand­bag or purse that you can eas­ily grasp with one hand.

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