PAKWACH: The police of Pakwach district have issued security guidelines to the public ahead of the Christmas festive season.
Mr. Frank Muzoora, the Pakwach district police commander (DPC) said thieves normally take advantage of the festive season to commit crimes like housebreakings and robberies.
He urged the public to be vigilant during the season and report cases of suspicious people in the community to police for quick action.
Muzoora warned that police will not hesitate to arrest and detain drivers and motorists who will be found driving recklessly on the road.
“We shall be checking each vehicle at Pakwach police station main check point to avoid theft of vehicles. Besides, police will confiscate smuggled goods from the boarder points,” Muzoora promised.
He appealed to the public to closely work with their area village chairpersons in averting crime during the festive season.
"Be watchful of the kind of people you leave your children with and don’t move alone at night to avoid being kidnapped," he said.
The DPC also cautioned parents against acts of abetting defilement during this holiday. He warned that any parent who will be found settling any defilement case at home shall be arrested and prosecuted.
Meanwhile Sgt. Dominic Owinjiru, the community liaison officer said the public is at liberty to move at their convenience as long as they have identification cards to ascertain that they are not wrong people.
"We shall have numerous community dialogues aimed at building relationship with locals. I want to advise people not to eat anything from strangers to circumvent chloroform especially while travelling," he said.
The police at the station expressed readiness to conduct frequent night operations since Pakwach is the entry and exit gate of West Nile region that can attract many criminals during the festive season.
Mr Donasiano Opwonya, the Pakwach district traffic officer said they are conducting serious day and night patrols to minimize cases of road accident in the district.
He warned traffic offenders against careless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Opwonya said drivers who will overload their trucks with merchandise and traders on top risk being issued express receipts as well as arresting the people on board.