Foreign nurses advised on crime tips
By Nalinee Seelal Sunday, June 22 2014
Eighty-four nurses from Cuba, St Vincent and Grenada were exposed to three hours on Wednesday on the mechanics of protecting themselves against crime.
The lecture was facilitated by the Ministry of Health and Actg ASP Ajith Persad of the Port-of-Spain CID was mandated to provide tips on personal safety and crime prevention.
The lecture took place at the Radison Hotel and the nurses who are on contract were advised that they should avoid walking alone at nights, to be aware of their surroundings, avoid wearing excessive jewelery, keep car windows and doors locked when driving among other tips.
“The odds of being victimised by crime while in a public place is low, however your personal safety is at risk and for this reason you must protect yourselves because remember criminals plan crime and look for the right opportunity with the easiest victim, your best defence is to plan ahead. Being safer doesn’t require you to change your lifestyle, personality or to stop going out.”
Actg ASP Persad also advised “that they should desist from parking their vehicles in dark and unlit areas, to keep valuable and packages locked in trunks of vehicles, be aware of occupants of cars parked around them, avoid placing personal identification on key rings, change locks if they lose the keys for their homes.”
With reference to the use of ATM machines, he advised them against fraudsters lurking around and urged them to memorise their personal pin number, and be aware of people loitering around the ATM machines and avoid hot spot crime areas.
He also advised that when they are going out they should inform someone about their whereabouts and always have a form of identification on them. They were also given all the emergency numbers for the police, coastguard, fire, ODPM and other national security agencies in the event of distress.
The floor was then left open for nurses to ask questions and many of them asked for the names of specific areas to be avoided while others asked questions about the best form of public transport to use, while a small group of nurses asked Actg ASP Persad about accepting drinks from strangers. They were advised that they should never accept lifts or drinks from strange persons, to always go out in groups of two or more, to always keep in contact with colleagues and always let persons know where they are at all times.