Stay safe this fes­tive sea­son: Po­lice

The Manica Post - - Local News - In­spec­tor Tavhir­ingwa Kako­hwa

THE year 2017 is com­ing to an end and it is time we re­flect on the road we trav­elled to­gether in try­ing to curb crime with the hope of bring­ing it to an end in this prov­ince.

The Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice will al­ways en­deav­our to en­sure that in­ci­dents of crime are brought to such lev­els as fa­cil­i­tates the nor­mal op­er­a­tion of our day to ac­tiv­i­ties so as to be able to make the best out of our hard work and sweat. As we are al­ready in the fes­tive sea­son, the ZRP is strate­gi­cally po­si­tion­ing it­self to grap­ple with the tra­di­tional trends in polic­ing where crime, road traf­fic and other sea­sonal in­ci­dents that im­pact for bad on our peo­ple are usu­ally the or­der of the day.

The fes­tive pe­riod, as al­ways, will run from the of De­cem­ber 15, 2017 to Jan­uary 15, 2018. Crim­i­nals al­ways plan their heinous ac­tiv­i­ties for this pe­riod. The need to cap­i­talise on the hard-spend­ing in­di­vid­u­als and make a killing in quick prof­its of­ten su­per­sedes that of tak­ing nec­es­sary mea­sures for com­pa­nies/in­di­vid­u­als to pro­tect them­selves from fall­ing prey to crim­i­nals.

Drunk­en­ness be­comes ex­ces­sive and there is gen­eral dis­re­gard of the law and self-res­traint which re­sults in the com­mis­sion of crimes of vi­o­lence like mur­der, as­saults, pub­lic vi­o­lence and var­i­ous acts of in­di­vid­ual mis­con­duct.

Fur­ther­more, the de­mand for meat dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod will rise and cases of stock­theft will also be on the in­crease be­cause of the avail­abil­ity of a ready mar­ket for meat.

The sud­den avail­abil­ity of large sums of money as al­luded to above should ac­tu­ally go along with the ex­er­cise of ut­most in­di­vid­ual dis­ci­pline. Check your ex­cite­ment and be re­spon­si­ble. As we spent time in our homes, travel, do busi­ness, party and make merry, en­sure your own safety first and that of the per­son next to you be they chil­dren, rel­a­tives, neigh­bours or vis­i­tors. It is the gen­eral lapse in ba­sic pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures that has in the past ren­dered us sus­cep­ti­ble to crim­i­nal vul­ner­a­bil­ity.

As po­lice our man­date is to pre­serve a state of or­der­li­ness and tran­quil­lity in the coun­try and as such, po­lice of­fi­cers shall be de­ployed at all strategic points to pre­vent road car­nage and the com­mis­sion of all crimes. The pub­lic is there­fore called upon to de­sist from the ten­dency of want­ing to com­mit crime and dis­re­spect­ing as well as dis­obey­ing po­lice of­fi­cers. In fact, they must re­frain from hin­der­ing the po­lice in the per­for­mance of their du­ties.

Al­ready the vol­ume of ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic on our roads has started in­creas­ing im­mensely and al­ready, the roads have had their toll with lives al­ready lost in some parts of the coun­try, Man­i­ca­land not spared. It is our ap­peal that we should learn to po­lice our­selves where the po­lice are not read­ily avail­able and we should feel obliged to do any of the fol­low­ing:

◆ Al­ways voice your con­cern where there is bad driv­ing con­duct be it over­load­ing (pas­sen­gers or goods), speed­ing, and reck­less­ness such as go­ing through red ro­bots or over­tak­ing at blinds.

◆ De­sist from the habit of board­ing non-pub­lic ser­vice ve­hi­cles or an al­ready fully loaded ve­hi­cle.

◆ En­sure your live­stock es­pe­cially cat­tle and don­keys are closed up in pens dur­ing the night. These roam or sleep on high­ways and ac­ci­dents have oc­curred when mo­torists hit or try to avoid them. Be­sides they also be­come prone to theft.

◆ The rainy sea­son is upon us. Slow down or park ve­hi­cles in bad weather, i.e. dur­ing heavy rains or in misty con­di­tions. Do NOT at­tempt to cross flooded rivers or bridges.

◆ Keep ve­hi­cles with de­fects off the road. Al­ways think; brakes, lights, in­di­ca­tors, tyres, wipers, sus­pen­sion, etc.

◆ Do not drive whilst un­der fa­tigue, i.e. tired or ex­hausted or when feel­ing sleepy.

◆ Plan your jour­neys in ad­vance to avoid speed­ing or urg­ing driv­ers to speed in or­der to catch up with time.

DO NOT BE A STATIS­TIC OR CAUSE OTH­ERS TO BE. Let us all make this fes­tive sea­son a joy and mem­o­rable one.

THE WATCH­WORD IS SAFETY FOR YOU AND YOUR PROP­ERTY. Let us all make this fes­tive sea­son a sea­son with a dif­fer­ence.

◆ ZRP Man­i­ca­land Press and Pub­lic Re­la­tions

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