Uganda Police security festive season
Police intensify security patrols ahead of the festive season. File Photo

Uganda Police intensify security patrols ahead of the festive season

As the festive season (Christmas) draws closer, Police have intensified security Patrols across the country to safeguard the lives of Ugandans.

Addressing journalists, Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga said that the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola has directed all territorial Police Commanders around the country to increase Police visibility patrols in their jurisdictions and beef up security to protect Ugandans during this year’s Christmas season.

Enanga says Police has deployed task teams, to monitor areas targeted for opportunistic crimes particularly shopping centres and crowded areas around the country.

“This is because our priority is to ensure everyone feels safe and enjoys their holidays and festive shopping experience. 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,” Enanga said.

Enanga however, asked Ugandans to be security conscious by reporting suspicious people to police stations during this festive season especially City dwellers, to avoid falling in the hands of the criminal.

“As we increase our visibility, we also would like to call upon the public, especially those who work in the city, towns and municipalities, to remain vigilant and report any suspicions to the police. Therefore, everyone should put security at the top of their festive and holiday list as they go about their day-to-day activities,” Police’s Enanga warned.

Uganda Police Safety precautions

To add up to his communique, Enanga issued the following safety measures to be observed by every person, during this year’s festive season activities, particularly during shopping.

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#1. He urged Ugandans to plan their security while moving out of their homes, plan their shopping routines wisely, during day and possibility with a friend.

#2. Avoid purchasing more than you can carry, pay attention to your surroundings, purchase expensive or large items on your last stop to avoid attracting criminals.

#3. 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.

#4. 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 or front part of the coat.

#5. Do not board an empty taxi. It’s risky, avoid lifts from strangers. They can be very dangerous.

#6. Never hesitate to notify security if you see any suspicious activity, if you feel threatened, make as much noise as possible to attract attention from any good Samaritan.

#7. If using public transport, have your change ready in your hand, so that your wallet or purse is out of sight.

Enanga says this is purposely meant to prevent crimes and possible terror attack ahead of Christmas and New year celebrations in the country.