Police call for heightened vigilance against terrorism during festivities

SCP Hadijah Namutebi, the Acting Chief Political Commissar of the Uganda Police Force (UPF) speaking to the public (Photo/@PoliceUg)

Police have advised all Ugandans to be vigilant and extra cautious throughout the many activities coming up to New Year 2024, even if security has promised them that they will be secure during the long vacation.

Police say criminal elements tend to exploit occasions where people are having a good time to perpetrate crimes, as evidenced by previous incidents.

This was revealed by SCP Hadijah Namutebi, the Acting Chief Political Commissar of the Uganda Police Force (UPF), in her Christmas message asking Ugandans to be particularly watchful about terrorism threats throughout the entire holiday season to quickly identify wrong elements.

She requested everyone to report any suspicious behaviour or individuals, as well as safeguard their neighbours both at home and at work and emphasized the need to identify and deter crime before it occurs when one employs such a method.

“We urge you to be vigilant as you enjoy the festive season. Be cautious of your neighbour, report any suspicious behaviours and persons to their LCs, police, and sister security agencies,” she added.

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She stressed that the police and other sister security agencies are working together to ensure security is at its peak this festive holiday, to ensure Ugandans enjoy it peacefully.

“But remember security starts with you,” she noted.

As roads become congested, SCP Namutebi advised all drivers to follow traffic laws to prevent needless accidents. She also noted that there are frequently high rates of domestic violence during the festive season which can sometimes result in fatalities.

She urged all parties who feel wronged to always contact the appropriate authorities to have their disputes resolved peacefully.

Last week, Namutebi also led senior army and police personnel in a “Community Policing Walk” on Friday to remind city dwellers that, considering the ongoing terror threats, they should exercise extra caution throughout the extended holiday season.

During the walk, they gave security tips to members of the public on how they can deal with crime.

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People often let their guard down on Christmas Day and the days leading up to New Year’s Eve, focusing more on festivities and other events.

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