Cyprus Mail

Police increase measures for long weekend

Police on Friday announced islandwide arrangements ahead of the long weekend for the carnival parades in Limassol and Paphos, and for Green Monday.

In an announcement, spokesman Andreas Angelides said there would be an increased police presence in all districts and on the main and secondary road networks, “to ensure a safe long weekend”.

The measures include increased patrols and regulation of traffic in the main road network, “to prevent accidents, relieve congestion and facilitate members of the public during their outings”.

During the carnival parade in Limassol on Sunday, it said, as increased traffic is expected along the Nicosia-Limassol highway, police will introduce increased measures.

On Green Monday, there will also be additional measures in place, islandwide to facilitate road travel to the countryside and beaches but also the return of motorists back home.

“In addition, police have scheduled and will implement specific action plans focusing on crime prevention,” it said, particularly break-ins. There will also be patrols in urban and rural areas.

In parallel with police measures, the announcement said, members of the public are urged to take their own measures as regards securing their homes and protecting their property if they go out of town.

“We also stress once more that speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol are among the main causes of fatal and serious road accidents, so police will focus their efforts in that direction with constant and intensive controls during the long weekend,” it said.

Members of the public may receive information or contact the police through its website ( or its Facebook, Twitter, and Google plus accounts.

In the case of serious incidents, relevant information and advice will be posted through the police application (

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