Safety and Security Tips for the Yuletide

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By Samuel Opebiyi

As the festive season approaches, Nigerians eagerly look forward to celebrating Yuletide with their loved ones. However, it is essential to acknowledge the challenging security situation in Nigeria and take necessary precautions to ensure a safe and peaceful holiday season. This article aims to provide valuable security tips to help individuals and communities navigate these challenges and enjoy a secure Yuletide celebration.

1. Stay Informed:

Keeping yourself updated on the current security situation is crucial. Pay attention to local news, government advisories, and security alerts. Be aware of any potential threats or areas with heightened security concerns. This information will help you make informed decisions about your travel plans and activities during the festive season.

2. Plan Ahead:

Planning ahead is essential, especially when it comes to traveling during the Yuletide season. If you are traveling to visit family or friends, make sure to inform them about your expected arrival time and provide regular updates during your journey. Opt for well-known and reputable transportation services, and avoid traveling during late hours or through remote areas whenever possible.

3. Be Vigilant:

Vigilance is key in maintaining personal security. Pay attention to your surroundings, especially in crowded places such as markets, shopping centers, and public transportation hubs. Stay alert for any suspicious activities or individuals and report them to the appropriate authorities. Trust your instincts and avoid risky situations whenever possible.

4. Secure Your Home:

If you are planning to travel during the festive season, it is crucial to secure your home before leaving. Install good-quality locks on doors and windows, and consider investing in a reliable security system. Ask a trusted neighbor or family member to keep an eye on your property while you are away. Avoid posting your travel plans on social media to prevent potential burglars from targeting your home.

5. Avoid Flashy Displays of Wealth:

During the Yuletide season, it is common for people to showcase their wealth through expensive gifts and decorations. However, in a challenging security environment, it is advisable to avoid drawing unnecessary attention to yourself. Keep valuable items discreetly hidden and refrain from wearing expensive jewelry or displaying large amounts of cash. This precaution will reduce the risk of becoming a target for thieves.

6. Stay Connected:

Maintain regular communication with your family, friends, and neighbors during the festive season. Establish a network of trustworthy individuals who can offer support and assistance if needed. Share emergency contacts and keep them readily available. This sense of community and connection can provide an added layer of security and peace of mind.

7. Stay Healthy:

While physical security is essential, it is equally important to prioritize your overall well-being. Take care of your health by staying hydrated, getting enough rest, and eating nutritious meals. Avoid overindulgence in alcohol or unhealthy foods, as they can impair judgment and make you more vulnerable to security risks.

8. Use Secure Transportation:

When traveling within Nigeria, it is advisable to use secure transportation options. Consider using reputable taxi services or ride-hailing apps that have safety features such as driver verification and tracking. If possible, travel in groups or with trusted companions to enhance safety and discourage potential attackers.

9. Stay In Public and Well-Lit Areas:

When out and about during the Yuletide season, try to stick to well-populated areas that are well-lit. Avoid walking alone in secluded or dimly lit areas, especially at night. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, consider taking a different route or seeking assistance from security personnel or nearby establishments.

10. Secure Your Personal Belongings:

Keep your personal belongings secure at all times. Use bags that have strong zippers and keep them close to your body. Avoid leaving your belongings unattended, even for a brief moment. Be cautious of pickpockets and keep important documents, such as passports or identification cards, in a safe and secure place.

11. Be Mindful of Cybersecurity:

In addition to physical security, it is important to be aware of cybersecurity threats. Be cautious of sharing personal information online, especially on public Wi-Fi networks. Use strong, unique passwords for your online accounts and enable two-factor authentication whenever possible. Be wary of phishing attempts and suspicious emails or messages.

12. Emergency Preparedness:

Prepare for emergencies by having a well-stocked first aid kit and knowing basic first aid techniques. Familiarize yourself with the nearest medical facilities and emergency contact numbers. It is also helpful to have an emergency plan in place for your family or travel group, including meeting points and a communication strategy in case of separation or emergencies.


13. Report Suspicious Activities:

If you witness any suspicious activities or notice something out of the ordinary, report it to the appropriate authorities immediately. Your prompt action may help prevent potential security threats or criminal activities.

As you celebrate, always remember your life is of more importance.


Thank you!

Samuel Opebiyi,

NSCDC, Oyo State Command

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