There are a million and one activities to engage in as the temperature rises and the atmosphere becomes more relaxed. Whether your summer plans include road trips, beach trips, parties or concerts, chances are you will be in public spaces with crowds of other fun-seekers.
This Tip Thursday, we share some words of advice from a Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) press release to help ensure your personal safety.
- When going to public beaches or other water-based activities, avoid taking valuables with you. If valuables are a must, consider facilities that offer secure parking, or lockers where such items can be stored. Persons may also consider going in groups, where persons can take turns being the guardian of the valuables.
- Be mindful of the amount of alcohol you consume, as alcohol inhibits your level of reasoning and affects judgement.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Wherever possible, use debit or credit cards. If carrying cash is a must, do not handle cash in view of the public.
- As much as is possible, travel in groups. There is much truth in the adage that there is safety in numbers.
- Always be aware of your surroundings, no matter how much fun you are having.
- If confronted by a robber, do not be quick to retaliate, as most robbers, when faced with resistance, react violently. Every Jamaican has the right to defend his life and property, but sometimes it is best to walk away. Choose carefully.
- Be wary of strangers approaching you for any reason. Con artists may use various methods to distract you with the aim of taking your valuables.
- Above all, trust your instincts. If you feel you are being followed, or endangered in any way, stay in well-lit, public spaces, or dial 119 and await the arrival of the police. If you are driving, stay on major thoroughfares and drive to the nearest police station.