As the Christmas season draws closer, the concern about security and safety in Antigua grows. Over the years, this time has been known to have many incidents of crime including (but not limited to) armed robbery.
The Police have therefore promised that the public can expect several security measures including an increase in foot and mobile patrols, regular ‘Stop and Search’ exercises and traffic checks in specific areas.
Furthermore, the public is encouraged to exercise vigilance and awareness for their personal safety and the security of their properties:
• Citizens are to be extra cautious when utilising ATMs, and carrying and exposing excess cash in public areas.
• Home and business owners are also encouraged to practice locking their properties properly, to invest in personal surveillance and security systems, and to report any suspicious characters to the Police immediately.
• Vehicle owners are asked to refrain from leaving valuable items in plain sight inside of their vehicles.
• ALL Street Vendors in and out of St. Johns are asked to take extra precautionary measures to ensure that their surroundings are safe when conducting business.
• Citizens are to refrain from purchasing stolen items as this is a criminal offense.