November 10: The Kathmandu Valley Police Office has cautioned the general public against venturing into crowded places carrying valuables. The KVPO has also suggested keeping special precaution while going into crowds in view of the high chances of theft during Tihar.
Issuing an 11-point advisory in the context of the festivals including Tihar, the KVPO said one can keep away from many such incidents like theft, looting etc by taking precaution. KVPO issued the public appeal for strengthening the law and order, and public safety during the Tihar, Nepal Sambat and Chhath festivals.
Police warned against organizing or participating in gambling or dice games involving monetary loss and gain.
KVPO spokesman Senior Superintendent of Police Dinesh Raj Mainali said police teams have been mobilized for keeping special watch for checking activities mainly exploding fire-crackers, smuggling, violence, theft and gambling.
Similarly, surveillance has been increased through the Traffic Police to control unwanted activities in the transport sector as well during the festivals.
In the appeal, KVPO has warned against transporting explosives like fire-crackers and fireworks, driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotic drugs and not to eat anything offered by strangers.
Police have also advised people not to go in crowds carrying cash, expensive jewelries and pricey mobile sets, and to confirm that doors and windows are securely closed while going out of house and as far as possible install locks with sirens.
Likewise, KVPO reminded people to inform their neighbours and local police if one has to go out from home for long duration, to make payments through digital technology as far as possible, to keep one's mobile bank OTP secured and to not to update one's personal and travel information on social sites. -- RSS