Carnival Safety Tips



 
When attending parties and other activities you are reminded that you should:
  • Wear minimal jewelry
  • Travel in groups to and from activities.
  • Not carry around or display large amounts of money.
  • Not have wallets and change purses visible.
  • Not accept drinks from strangers or leave drinks unattended.
  • Prearrange transport arrangements and designate an alcohol free driver.
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    Parents and guardians are reminded that their children should:
  • All wear identification cards bearing their name, name of parent/guardian, address and telephone number.
  • Not be left unsupervised at home.
  • Not be left in the charge of strangers.
  • Not use public conveniences unless an adult accompanies them.
  • Not accept food or drink from strangers.
  • Not be taken to fetes, calypso tents and other adult shows.
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    When leaving you households you are reminded that you should:
  • Ensure that you secure your premises.
  • Secure all ladders and other implements in a locked room.
  • Not leave keys in mailboxes or under door mats.
  • Notify the police if you are going to be away for long periods.
  • Have a friend or relative check the household to remove newspapers, milk and other deliveries.
  • Teach your children to lock the doors when they enter.
  • Ensure that the property is illuminated at night.
  • Be observant when returning home, especially at night.
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    Holders of licensed firearms are reminded that they should:
  • Ensure that their firearm is properly secured at home.
  • Not display firearms in public.
  • Not draw their firearm unless they are in a life-threatening situation.
  • Lodge their firearm at a police station before leaving the country.
  • Remember that their firearm is a lethal weapon and they should not become intoxicated when carrying it.
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    When driving to fetes and other activities you are reminded that you should:
  • Ensure that your vehicle is properly secured.
  • Use paid car parks whenever possible.
  • Not overcrowd vehicles.
  • Not drink and drive.
  • Lock doors when vehicle is in motion.
  • Notify the police whenever you observe any strange activities around vehicles.
  • Obey traffic signs re: parking.
  • Not leave vehicle unattended with keys in the ignition.
  • Not leave your vehicle unattended with engine running.
  • Not leave valuable items exposed in your vehicle.
  • Be cautious of persons loitering near traffic lights.
  • Have your keys in hand when you approach your vehicle.
  • Be vigilant at all times when returning home especially at night and if you are travelling alone.
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    Remember it is an offence to:
  • Go through a RED LIGHT even at nights.
  • Travel in open trays of pick up vans and trucks.
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    Visitors to Trinidad and Tobago are reminded that they should:
  • Carry some form of identification on their person when attending activities.
  • Take public transportation with "H" being the first letter on the number plate.
  • Verify the cost of transportation before boarding hired vehicles.
  • Avoid dark and lonely areas, ie walking through the Queen's Park Savannah at night.
  • Not accept lifts from strangers.
  • Not carry around or display large amounts of cash.
  • Secure wallets and purses especially in crowded areas.
  • Find a police officer if they need assistance.
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    Information courtesy the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service - TTPS
    http://ttps.gov.tt/CitizenSupport/TTPSCarnivalSafetyTips/tabid/97/Default.aspx
     
     

     
     
    Car safety tips
     
    1. Leave your house with the understanding that there will be other people, like you, who’ll want to park their cars in the best possible spot, i.e. in a secure car park, beneath a street light or in close proximity to the fete’s location. Get to any fete no later than 10 pm to secure a good spot.
    2. Remove all items, even plastic bags, from view. Place anything that would attract the attention of a passer-by in your vehicle’s trunk or remove them before you leave your house.
    3. If the face of your car’s deck can be removed, do so. Place it in the glove compartment or somewhere else where it cannot be seen.
    4. Ensure your car’s alarm system is working properly. Check your alarm’s batteries during the season. Improve your car’s security by having an immobiliser or a state-of-the-art alarm system fitted.
    5. Secure those 17” rims by purchasing a set of lock nuts. Although modern-day thieves have done their research and possibly thought up sophisticated carjacking methods, lock nuts and other similar items can prove to be great deterrents.
    6. Do not walk away from your car without activating your alarm. Sometimes, in the heat of the action, we forget simple things. While, in most instances, the alarm will activate by itself, the doors sometimes remain open, so that an intruder may be able to open the doors effortlessly, even with the blaring sound of the triggered alarm. He can simply pretend to be having problems with the alarm and get away with the act!
    It’s Carnival in T&T. Jump, wine, wave and palance but remember that after the season, it all goes back to normal. Secure your ride, you’ll need it beyond Carnival 2010!

    Article edited from Guardian entitled ...Securing your ride on the curb for Carnival
    Aba A. Luke, Published: 6 Feb 2010
    http://guardian.co.tt/features/life/2010/02/06/securing-your-ride-curb-carnival
     
     

     
     
    Police Carnival safety tips


    • Avoid wearing heavy jewelry during this period.
    • If you have to access an ATM machine do so during the daytime and avoid withdrawing large amounts of cash at any one time. Also avoid carrying around or displaying large amounts of cash.
    • When leaving a Carnival event ensure that your group walks you to your vehicle especially if the vehicle is parked in an unlit area. Have your keys in your hand since these can be used as a weapon if you find yourself in a situation.
    • If commuting please do so in groups and 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. During this period there will be reliable public transport and this may be a better option.
    • If you find yourself in a dangerous situation your first choice should be to escape if possible as this is your best option.
    • You need to trust your instinct and listen to what your intuition tells you.
    • Parents and guardians and all persons who have the custody and care of children during this period. The safety of your children is your sole responsibility.
    • Do not leave children unless supervised by a responsible adult.
    • Do not leave children unattended in vehicles, at home or in any public space • Even if a child is in your company please attach proper identification in the event that they become separated from you. • Exercise good journey management. Leave on time to join your band so you do not have to speed. Buckle up.
    • Do not leave in a parked vehicle or exposed in a crowd.
    • Lodge for safe keeping at the station in your district, especially if you are leaving the country during the Carnival period. Do not wait until you have reached the airport to realise you have a firearm in your possession.
    • Ensure that you collect your camper’s registration forms from the police station in the district where your camp site will be so the police will be aware of where you are and pay occasional visits to ensure your safety during the period.

    The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) has issued a safety advisory for parents during Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
    • Utilise carpooling and park-and-ride services. This eases traffic congestion on the roadways and minimises the risk of accidents.
    • Create identification bands or labels for your child. In crowds it is possible for children to become lost and to forget important contact numbers, addresses or their parents’ names.
    • Reinforce who are the best people to ask for help. Make it clear to your child that he/she is not to approach persons who look suspicious within their environment. Ensure they are able to recognise uniforms and name badges, eg security guards and police officers.
    • Play the “What Am I Wearing?” game. Tell your child to take a good look at you, then close his/her eyes and tell you what you are wearing. If you get separated, it can help them locate you in a crowd or describe you to a helpful adult.
    • Take a digital picture of each child. If one of them gets lost, you can show the authorities a current picture of your child wearing that day’s clothes.
    • Tell children younger than 10 to stay put if you are separated. Young children should never exit the venue but should remain where they are so you can find them.
    • Agree on a designated meeting place in case you get separated. Never choose the entrance to a venue or the parking lot. The ideal meeting place is an information centre, ticket booth or a clearly noticeable landmark.
    • Have your children carry identification. This should be hidden in a pocket or affixed to the inside of a garment.
    • Report your child missing as soon as you realise it.
    • Carry some form of identification on their person when attending activities.
    • Take public transportation with “H” being the first letter on the number plate.
    • Verify the cost of transportation before boarding hired vehicles.
    • Avoid dark and lonely areas, ie, walking through the Queen’s Park Savannah at night.
    • Not accept lifts from strangers.
    • Not carry around or display large amounts of cash.
    • Secure wallets and purses especially in crowded areas.
    • Find a police officer if they need assistance.

    ODPM Carnival safety tips
    The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) has issued a safety advisory for parents during Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
    • Utilise carpooling and park-and-ride services. This eases traffic congestion on the roadways and minimises the risk of accidents.
    • Create identification bands or labels for your child. In crowds it is possible for children to become lost and to forget important contact numbers, addresses or their parents’ names.
    • Reinforce who are the best people to ask for help. Make it clear to your child that he/she is not to approach persons who look suspicious within their environment. Ensure they are able to recognise uniforms and name badges, e.g. security guards and police officers.
    • Play the “What Am I Wearing?” game. Tell your child to take a good look at you, then close his/her eyes and tell you what you are wearing. If you get separated, it can help them locate you in a crowd or describe you to a helpful adult.
    • Take a digital picture of each child. If one of them gets lost, you can show the authorities a current picture of your child wearing that day’s clothes.
    • Tell children younger than 10 to stay put if you are separated. Young children should never exit the venue but should remain where they are so you can find them.
    • Agree on a designated meeting place in case you get separated. Never choose the entrance to a venue or the parking lot. The ideal meeting place is an information centre, ticket booth or a clearly noticeable landmark.
    • Have your children carry identification. This should be hidden in a pocket or affixed to the inside of a garment.
    • Report your child missing as soon as you realise it.


    more tips
    • Ensure that your vehicle is properly secured.
    • Use paid car parks whenever possible.
    • Not overcrowd vehicles.
    • Not drink and drive.
    • Lock doors when vehicle is in motion.
    • Notify the police whenever you observe any strange activities around vehicles.
    • Obey traffic signs
    • Not leave your vehicle unattended with engine running.
    • Not leave valuable items exposed in your vehicle.
    • Be cautious of persons loitering near traffic lights.
    • Have your keys in hand when you approach your vehicle.
    • Be vigilant at all times when returning home especially at night and if you are travelling alone.

    Police Carnival safety tips
    Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017
    http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2017-02-26/police-carnival-safety-tips





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