POLICE are urging the public to take basic measures to protect their property if they are going on holiday or away for the long weekend.
Spokesman Andreas Angelides said that the police had already intensified patrols in all towns and would continue to do so until the end of the holiday period. They have also launched an information campaign on social media and through the police mobile app, he said.
“Members of the public must secure their property and when a family departs with one of two cars, they should place the key of the other car in a secure place,” Angelides said.
He also said that before they depart from home, people should check all rooms of the house and inform relatives and neighbours of their so that they will keep an eye on the property.
He also said that they should not give details on social media pages for holiday departures, destinations or other information.
Anyone who spots suspicious activity around an empty property should notify police on the 1460 hotline, Angelides said.
With regards to traffic movement over the busy weekend, Angelides said police would be tightening checks on drinking, driving without seats belts, using mobile phone while driving and riding a motorcycle without helmet.
There will be controls both on the highways and on secondary road networks, he added.
“The goal is public safety. We urge everyone to be especially careful, to comply with our instructions and advice and we will be happy if the holiday season ends without any accidents,” Angelides said.