THE Fiji Police Force is once again reminding the public, especially those in the West, to be vigilant this festive season.
Police West spokeswoman Naina Ragigia said the advice had been prompted by the recent spate of house fires and road fatalities recorded in the region.
"In light of celebrations this festive season, we have witnessed that there will be a vast movement of people to celebration venues leaving homes vacant and increase in traffic mobility," said Ms Ragigia.
"Once again, the Fiji Police Force wishes to advise members of the public to be wary of unfortunate events and learn to adhere to warnings, bearing in mind safety tips for this jovial season.
"Houses left vacant are to be well-secured with neighbours being informed of the whereabouts of tenants.
"Prevention is better than cure and it is better to be late than sorry."
The LTA has echoed similar sentiments in light of the large number of road fatalities in the West.
LTA spokesman Iliesa Sokia said people in the division and across the country must adhere to the road laws.
"There really is no excuse because we and the police have been doing our work to educate and raise awareness of the importance of following basic road rules.
"We hope people ensure they travel safe and make the right decisions this festive season," he said.