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Local authorities are working quickly to ensure a safe and successful season as revelers, vendors and organizers count the days until the start of this year’s carnival celebrations.
The country has seen an increase in the number of burglaries and thefts involving residential properties, businesses and motor vehicles in recent weeks.
Public Safety Minister Steadroy Benjamin assured residents that efforts were being made to reduce criminal activity during Carnival week by increasing security and surveillance measures.
“Yes, we are concerned about the recent increase in burglary and theft offenses and we are also concerned about the burglary of cars that are parked at these functions.
“We will increase surveillance in these areas,” Benjamin said in an interview over the weekend.
He also said police will work alongside party organizers to protect against malicious damage to vehicles while patrons are inside the party venue.
“We will be meeting with all owners of these parties to ensure that we are adequately building the safety features to protect people – not only themselves, but also their vehicles when parked in different isolated areas,” added Benjamin.
As the police play their part in maintaining public order during the upcoming festivities which will officially begin on July 27, ordinary citizens are reminded that they also have a role to play.
The public has been urged to adopt personal security measures, including securing homes with high quality locks on doors and windows, ensuring valuables are kept in a safe place or similar, remaining vigilant at all times and installing surveillance cameras where possible.
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