Police Statement On The 2019 Festive Period {Full Text}


The festive season is now upon us, the Zimbabwe Republic Police makes a passionate appeal to members of the public to observe the country’s laws as they conduct various activities during the period.

Firstly, we implore motorists to observe all traffic laws and regulations as they travel to different destinations.

Motorists are urged to plan their journeys and avoid travelling during the night. We also entreat public service operators to avoid over-burdening drivers by carrying out extra trips as fatigue will catch up with them leading to accidents.

Overloading and speeding are serious offences in terms of the law hence we implore drivers and operators to be exemplary by being responsible on the roads.

Drivers should avoid driving whilst drunk or driving under the influence of alcohol as this often leads to accidents.

Drivers should check the road-worthiness of their vehicles before embarking on journeys. Police will not hesitate to impound all defective and unroadworthy vehicles besides arresting all those who flout the rules of the road.

On the other hand, cases of unlawful entry and theft are likely to be on the increase during this period.

We urge members of the public to put in place measures to ensure that their homes and property are secured. If travelling, at least a trusted person should be left at home and the Police can be advised to put the house under supervision where possible.

Keeping of large sums of cash and other attractive items at home is discouraged as robbers may pounce on unsuspecting individuals.

As we are now in the rainy season, we discourage drivers from attempting to cross flooded rivers as they risk being swept away by heavy water tides.

Cases of drowning normally characterize this period hence parents and guardians should also monitor their children whenever they play near water bodies to avoid the imminent danger of drowning.

Even travelling whilst it raining is discouraged as lightning can strike at any time. The Zimbabwe Republic Police will deploy officers to enable a conducive environment before, during and after this period hence any suspicious activities should be reported promptly to the nearest Police Station or police officer on sight.

Anti-corruption teams will also be checking on illicit activities hence the public and the police officers are warned to desist from corrupt activities.

Report any suspicious activities on the following numbers, Harare -0242748836, Bulawayo – 0292 -885479, 273547, Midlands – 0542-228636, 230837, Mutare -02020-64288, Masvingo – 0392 -62627, Mashonaland West -0267-2129049, Matabeleland South – 08428- 22834 and
Matabeleland North – 0281 – 35013/12 We also take this opportunity to wish everyone a crime-free festive period and beyond.

[INYATHI P] Assistant Commissioner Senior
Staff Officer (Press, Public and International Relations]
To the Commissioner-General of Police
Police General Headquarters

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