As we enter the Easter holiday, we must all be aware of the celebrations which start with the Holy Thursday and ends on Easter Monday. The festive holiday is marked by many activities which include and are characterized by increased mobility especially,upcountry,prayers at all churches, increased shopping and other commercial activities
We want to inform the public and in particular revelers,that criminal element use and take advantage of such festive seasons to intensify their illegal acts.
Therefore, as part of our renewed focus on fighting crimes, we have come up with a robust security arrangement for the festivity, to ensure security and peaceful celebrations.
The IGP has instructed all territorial commanders to put visible, robust and focused security deployments for regulating, movement of traffic on highways and roads, enhancing proactive policing arrangements and our faster response to incidents.
We would like to stress that although there’s absolutely no specific threat, directed towards our country, we have heightened our level of alertness and put security measures that include; active vigilance and access controls, in all vulnerable places like; bus and taxi parks, worship centers, all places of entertainment, social gathering points, shopping arcades, fuel stations and depots, as well as all government and security installations.
Our alert and security audit teams are as a matter of routine, conducting regular security audits, at all possible target areas, to ensure our security measures are guaranteed. We have intensified patrols, targeting black spots and added extra protection to all venues during this festive season, to ensure all revelers and the public at large remain safe.
We have also installed 1940 CCTV cameras within the Kampala metropolitan areas, under the CCTV project, which we are using to proactively capture, share evidence and intelligence on offenders. It has made the neighborhood in the city stronger and safer.
In addition, we have a robust traffic enforcement strategy, to ensure the highest levels of road safety, despite the increased traffic flow in all directions. We have increased visibility of our traffic officers and highway patrols, who will be targeting vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition, drink driving, reckless driving, over speeding, use of seat belts and over loading.We are also cautioning all those motorists who deliberately sub instructions to stop, that we have put tough measures in place to tackle such motorists, including impounding their vehicles at the next traffic check points and arraigning them in court. All road users are further reminded that road safety is the responsibility of every one.
To the marine users, we want to inform them of the initiative by our Police Marine Unit, for all of them to be conscious of their safety, while on the waters.All transporters must ensure their boats are inspected, and the owners knowledgeable about the compliance and safety requirements. The Marine Unit will be on standby for any search and rescue operations.
To all the Police Officers, the Easter Celebrations represents an increased demand for our policing initiatives in addressing crime and safety concerns, which may arise during the Easter Holiday. We would like to commend all our officers, who have maintained high levels of visibility and professionalism, to continue doing their very best to tackle crime. You have our gratitude for placing your collective good above your own.
We also call upon the Professional Standard Unit, to up their efforts, in dealing with those few individual officers with corrupt tendencies, and continue to solicit bribes, thus tarnishing the image of the force.These few should be trapped, apprehended and charged to court, to help rid the force of officers with integrity concerns.
Once again, we would like to wish everyone, a safe and happy Easter.
Safety Tips for Easter Season
Before you embark on your journey, ensure the security of your home is guaranteed as a MUST. Most burglaries and household thefts are frequent during the holidays, as criminals target homes without residents, as easy targets. We therefore, advise as follows;
1: Not to leave security lights on,since it can easily alert criminals of absence.
2: Where possible install a timer
2: Activate your alarm. Install one if you do not have
3: Only inform someone you trust about your going away and when they should expect you back
4: Be alert while driving, watch out whether, you are being followed and be vigilant when stopping at traffic lights or streets
5:If you suspect that you are being followed, please go to the nearest police station or busy area and seek for assistance.
6: Always keep your valuables in the car boot and ensure the doors are locked and windows closed.
7:Also leave ample space between you and the car in front of you in order to escape or maneuver should you need to
8: Remember to pay close attention to your surroundings, even, when close to your house. If you see something suspicious, please drive away instead of stopping and immediately alert the police.
9: Be vigilant when stopping in-front of your gate and waiting for it to open or be opened.
10: Always ask security to escort you home or alert the police.
Road users “drive safely or risk the consequences.
Remember it only takes a split second, for a tragedy to occur on our roads. We therefore, urge you to drive responsibly this Easter for everyone’s sake.
Always ensure you double check your vehicle before taking the family on roadtrip, whether you are driving a short or long distance.
Map out your trip; allow plenty of time to get to your destination, including rest stops. Avoid last minute hassles and take regular breaks [at least every two hours] and pull over for a power nap as soon as you feel tired or fatigued.
Share driving responsibility if possible
Don’t drink alcohol, not even small amounts, before or during a long trip
Stay within the speed limit and always choose an appropriate speed for the driving conditions,whether, city, country roads or night time driving.
- Be vigilant and plan your journey. Also make sure you have emergency contacts details handy.
- Make sure all passengers wear appropriate seat belts including children
- Make sure all luggage is properly secured and will not become a projectile in case of sudden braking
- Avoid all road side distractions
- If driving refrain from using your cell phone, even if its hands free.
- Be careful if pulling over or parking
- Give trucks / Lorries /buses, plenty of room, remember they take long to stop than a car.
- Keep headlights on for the entire trip
- Drivers need to give cyclists enough room when overtaking
- All pedestrians to remain vigilant and not get distracted by friends or mobile devices. And for them to wear highly visible clothing and walk against the traffic flow.
Our police marine unit has come up with initiatives reminding all marine users, to be conscious of their safety, when out on the waters, this holiday season. Since most accidents that occur on the waters are avoidable, with careful planning and preparation.
- All boat owners must ensure their boats are inspected and also educated about compliance and safety requirements
- Our marine rescue teams will be on standby for any search and rescue operations ,some of the messages people can expect include;
- Check your boat service engine, and be aware of old fuel which can get mixed with plenty of water. Don’t take the risk
- Check you have all the minimum safety gears, required for the waters, you will be in.
- Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum, be responsible, stay sober
- Check the condition of life jackets. Each person on board must have one and they should be the appropriate size and design
- Plan your voyage. Tell someone where you will be and when you intend to return
- Observe the “rules of the road” when navigating in the waters. Never anchor in shipping channels and give large vessels a clear path. They cannot and will not alter course to avoid you.
CP Enanga Fred
19TH APRIL 2019