The following therefore, are general safety tips, recommended by the Royal Bahamas Police Force:
When attending parties and other activities you are reminded that you should:
Wear minimal jewelry, travel in groups to and from activities and do not carry around or display large amounts of cash. Avoid having wallets and purses visible and do not accept drinks from strangers or leave drinks unattended.
Designate a driver who will not be consuming alcohol or prearrange transportation to and from events.
Parents and guardians are reminded of their responsibility to ensure that adequate supervision is put in place for children, bearing in mind that children are persons under the age of eighteen years. As soon as you realize that your child is missing find a police officer/station and lodge a report.
Parents and guardians should teach children their names, the names of parents and guardians and a contact number in case of emergency. Additionally, for younger children or children who may have learning challenges, parents should ensure that the identification mentioned, inclusive of an address is securely affixed to and concealed in their clothing. Children should not be allowed to go to public washrooms or other places unaccompanied by a responsible adult.
When leaving your homes please ensure that you secure your premises and refrain from leaving keys in areas such as mail boxes, beneath door mats and flower pots.
When driving to fetes and other activities you are reminded that you should ensure that your vehicle is properly secured at all times; use paid car parks whenever possible; and do not overcrowd your vehicles, as this is unlawful. If you observe any strange activity around your vehicle notify the police. Do not walk away from your car without activating your alarm system.
Always obey the traffic laws of Trinidad and Tobago or directions of police officers and traffic wardens in uniform
Remember you should not leave your vehicle unattended whilst the keys are in the ignition or if the engine is running. Additionally, you should refrain from leaving valuable items visible in your vehicles. Once traveling home alone, be observant of your surroundings.
Remember it is an offence to travel in open trays of pick-ups, vans or trucks. This is for your own safety.
Visitors to The Bahamas are also reminded that they should always carry a form of identification on their person when attending activities.
When leaving a Carnival event ensure that your group walks you to your vehicle especially if the vehicle is parked in an unlit or lonely area.
If you find yourself in a dangerous situation your first choice and best option should be to escape if possible. Trust your instincts and listen to what your intuition tells you. Take all precautions necessary to protect yourselves.
Avoid getting into a taxi alone. If you must, you can text the number to a friend or relative and if possible a description of the driver.
Before carnival events agree on a selected meeting place in case you get separated. The ideal meeting place should be a clearly noticeable landmark.
The RBPF wishes to continue to partner with all stakeholders in ensuring a safe Carnival season. We encourage members of the public to cooperate with law enforcement personnel as we continue to serve your interest. In unity there is strength.
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