The Zambia Police Service has intensified traffic checkpoints throughout the country during the festive period and advised citizens to be wary of criminal elements.
Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani said in her Christmas message that the increased police presence on the roads would help officers maintain law and order during the festive period.
"You may wish to know that we have intensified traffic checkpoints throughout the country by setting up checkpoints in strategic places.
"This will help us maintain law and order on our roads as well as regulate the flow of traffic," she said.
Ms Libongani warned that police would bring to book perpetrators of crime and urged members of the public to ensure their vehicles were roadworthy.
She has since directed all provincial commissioners to intensify foot and motorised patrols, saying the police service had enough manpower to handle any situation which may arise.
She thanked members of the public for the cooperation they rendered during the year and appealed to them to continue supporting the police in the fight against crime.
"For most of us, the Christmas season is a time for getting together with families and friends.
"But you all may be aware that criminals and hazards like road accidents do not take time off, even true during the December holiday period. We have to be well prepared as we enter this period," she said.
Ms Libongani warned members of the public to ensure they apply all security protocols when using their automated teller machines (ATMs) and credit cards.
She said it was advisable to use well-placed ATMs within banks, shops and shopping malls.
"Avoid using stand-alone ATMs, especially those located in remote areas, e.g. on the side of the road.
"Never accept help from strangers and be mindful of anyone standing close," she said.