The Blantyre Police in southern Malawi says crimes and fatal road accidents cannot be ruled during this year’s Easter period where Christians around the world commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
According to Blantyre Police publicist Lameck Thembachako, festivals like this one are associated with increased cases of robberies and fatal road accidents as looters are always on the prowl during the period, taking advantage of people’s absence in their homes as they go out for a breather.
“We anticipate peaceful operation, however, criminal acts cannot be ruled out since looters always capitalize on these periods.
“It is during this period that many people travel from one place to another in order to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ with church friends and relatives away from home. It is for this reason that many homes and property become exposed to burglary and thefts. At the same time road users are also vulnerable to road accidents as some drivers drink and drive during this festive season,” observed Thembachako on Monday.
He however said they have put crime deterring measures in order to ensure adequate security and crime free Easter holiday without serious fatal road accidents.
“The station has come up with a work plan to make sure that there is adequate security and traffic management before, during and after Easter holiday.
“This is so in order to make it difficult or rather deter criminals to fulfill their tendency of taking advantage by terrorizing and bringing inconveniences to the community. In addition, special road safety measures are in progress in order to reduce road accidents as it become out of control due to high demand of transport,” he explained.
He also advised people to avoid using short cuts during the day and night because criminals usually hide around deserted paths or routes.
“Never offer lifts to unknown people as this may result in rapes, robberies, murders. Taxi drivers must make sure that they know a few details about the passenger they are carrying and where they are going. Many taxi drivers have ended up being robbed by their own passengers. Transporting criminals is an offence punishable by law,” he added.