POLICE will be out in numbers during the Hibiscus Festival which starts tonight.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said this would ensure people enjoyed the festival.
Officers from the Southern, Central and headquarters will be deployed during the next two weeks to help ensure the festival is an incident-free one.
"The push forward in deployment will also enable us to cover the CBD and also outer cordons and suburbs as people will be leaving their homes and coming into Suva so the extra manpower is to cater for these areas," Ms Naisoro said.
"On the same note, people are being advised to secure their homes if they have intentions of leaving their homes empty.
"It is also advisable to inform their nearest community post or station if their homes will be empty for long periods.
"We will be out in numbers throughout the day and night and people are therefore requested to come and enjoy the festival and not try to capitalise on the event by unruly means."
She said there were often reports of petty crimes such as pickpocketing, however, the onus was on everyone to keep their belongings safe.
Ms Naisoro warned those thinking of committing such crimes that their actions would not be condoned.