Dear Members,

 

As the Carnival season approaches, CSF has recognized that due to transportation and security issues, our offices would be closed on both Carnival Monday and Tuesday (March 03rd & 04th 2014). We have decided however to extend some of our hours: Sunday 23rd February 2014 and Sunday 02nd March 2014, where our Central Office would be open from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and our South Office from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Both offices would be available at these hours for Pick-Up members to collect packages.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all members and your families a safe and enjoyable Carnival season. Please see the following safety tips provided by the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service.

 

 

 

TTPS Carnival Safety Tips

 

When attending parties and other activities, you are reminded that you should:

Wear minimal jewelry.

  • Travel in groups to and from activities.
  • Not carry around or display large amounts of money.
  • Not have wallets and change purses visible.
  • Not accept drinks from strangers or leave drinks unattended.
  • Prearrange transport arrangements and designate an alcohol-free driver.

 

Parents and guardians are reminded that their children should:

All wear identification cards bearing their name, name of parent/guardian, address, and telephone number.

  • Not be left unsupervised at home.
  • Not be left in charge of strangers.
  • Not use public conveniences unless an adult accompanies them.
  • Not accept food or drink from strangers.
  • Not be taken to fetes, calypso tents and other adult shows.

 

When leaving you households you are reminded that you should:

  • Ensure that you secure your premises.
  • Secure all ladders and other implements in a locked room.
  • Not leave keys in mailboxes or under door mats.
  • Notify the police if you are going to be away for long periods.
  • Have a friend or relative check the household to remove newspapers, milk and other deliveries.
  • Teach your children to lock the doors when they enter.
  • Ensure that the property is illuminated at night.
  • Be observant when returning home, especially at night.

 

Holders of licensed firearms are reminded that they should:

  • Ensure that their firearm is properly secured at home.
  • Not display firearms in public.
  • Not draw their firearm unless they are in a life-threatening situation.
  • Lodge their firearm at a police station before leaving the country.
  • Remember that their firearm is a lethal weapon and they should not become intoxicated when carrying it.

 

When driving to fetes and other activities you are reminded that you should:

  • Ensure that your vehicle is properly secured.
  • Use paid car parks whenever possible.
  • Not overcrowd vehicles.
  • Not drink and drive.
  • Lock doors when vehicle is in motion.
  • Notify the police whenever you observe any strange activities around vehicles.
  • Obey traffic signs re: parking.
  • Not leave vehicle unattended with keys in the ignition.
  • Not leave your vehicle unattended with engine running.
  • Not leave valuable items exposed in your vehicle.
  • Be cautious of persons loitering near traffic lights.
  • Have your keys in hand when you approach your vehicle.
  • Be vigilant at all times when returning home especially at night and if you are travelling alone.

 

Remember it is an offence to:

  • Go through a RED LIGHT even at nights.
  • Travel in open trays of pick up vans and trucks.

 

Visitors to Trinidad and Tobago are reminded that they should:

  • Carry some form of identification on their person when attending activities.
  • Take public transportation with "H" being the first letter on the number plate.
  • Verify the cost of transportation before boarding hired vehicles.
  • Avoid dark and lonely areas, ie walking through the Queen's Park Savannah at night.
  • Not accept lifts from strangers.
  • Not carry around or display large amounts of cash.
  • Secure wallets and purses especially in crowded areas.
  • Find a Police Officer if they need assistance.