Editorial

Watch out for criminals

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By Editorial

Posted  Tuesday, December 31   2013 at  02:00

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We, therefore, urge the public to take extra care as they celebrate the New Year. Ensure that your homes are locked and in case you have children, it is safer to share the New Year moment with them.

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Today we are closing 2013. Many people are happy that they are ending this year and entering the New Year, 2014.

Often times, many of us celebrate the New Year in different ways. Some people converge at entertainment centres and share drinks with friends as fireworks light up the skies. Others go for religious events to pray for a prosperous New Year.

December 31 is usually a busy night all over the country. Security forces are stretched to the limit. Criminals take advantage of the busy night to carry out their evil acts. Many parents and guardians also tend to leave their children at home, sometimes without caretakers. Children, knowing that adults are not at home, also go out to meet their peers.

Security forces also converge at entertainment centres to provide security and ensure that revellers enter the New Year peacefully. This move, while noble, often leaves the countryside with few officers.

Criminals wait for this moment to break into people’s houses and businesses. Cases of rape and defilement are also common. Unsuspecting pedestrians are robbed by gangs. Vehicles are vandalised.

Some revellers also light fires on the streets, which may end up destroying property if not controlled or put out! And yet, cries for help are swallowed by the deafening sounds from the revellers and music from entertainment centres.

We, therefore, urge the public to take extra care as they celebrate the New Year. Ensure that your homes are locked and in case you have children, it is safer to share the New Year moment with them.

Security personnel should also spread out to communities to ensure that criminal activities are minimised. Beefing up security at busy trading centres and towns is crucial but tight security is equally vital in other areas.

Police should also ensure quick response whenever there are cries for help.