Extra patrols in residential areas, and strict traffic measures are in place for the holiday weekend, police warned motorists on Thursday.
“Our main goal is the safety of citizens. We are at their service and want to improve our response to various incidents, and in this respect cooperation with the citizens is also crucial,” police spokesman Andreas Angelides said.
In a written statement earlier in the day, Angelides announced the extra steps to be taken in view of the holiday period.
“Due to increased road traffic which is expected on motorways, inter-city roads and in particular the main roads which lead to coastal and mountain resorts, the police will take steps to prevent road traffic accidents, ease traffic and facilitate the public`s travels,” he said.
The measures include motorised patrols, as well as controls “placing an emphasis on traffic violations as regards drunk driving, speeding and dangerous overtaking, the non-use of safety belts and helmets, and dangerous and or reckless driving,” he added.
On August 15 additional measures will be taken particularly in the afternoon when people are expected to return from their trips to coastal and mountainous resorts, he said.
The police spokesman said that because the period was considered high risk with criminal elements taking advantage of the absence of people from their homes, police would have extra patrols, both vehicular and on foot both in urban and rural areas.
Steps will also be taken in areas where people gather in large numbers, “such as commercial roads and busy areas and resorts aiming to prevent and crackdown on any form of illegal acts.”
At the same time, he urged homeowners to take their own measures to protect their properties while they’re away.
Police urge the public to be more careful when it comes to security, and in letting the world know on social media when they are absent from home. Homeowners should ensure that all doors and windows are locked and not leave signs that they’re absent. People should also alert
People should also alert neighbours when they are going away, they should not leave money or valuables lying around the house and if they have an alarm system or CCTV they should make sure they are enabled. Neighbours should also inform the police if they see anything suspicious or spot strangers lurking or loitering on their street.