THE Fiji Police Force has urged people to prioritise their lives this festive season and commit to things that are well within their means.
Chief operations officer Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said Christmas should be a time of celebration and not one of suffering.
ACP Tudravu said the police force would beef up its presence in all divisions with the hope of making this festive season a safe and incident-free one.
"Officers from all divisional headquarters will be sent out to help their comrades on the frontline with focus not only on the urban centres but in peri-urban communities too," he said.
"The Acting Commissioner of Police has made his intentions known by deploying all available officers on the ground to prevent the commission of crime by would-be opportunists who target innocent parties during this festive season.
"We anticipate a lot of movement across the divisions and homes will be vacant, making it the ideal time for criminal elements to strike."
ACP Tudravu advised people to keep their valuables safe and not to carry large sums of money.
He said business houses could also seek assistance from the police when transporting large sums of money, when the need arises.
"Other reports of concern involve assault cases where alcohol is involved.
"A spike in domestic violence-related cases is often recorded during this time.
"This is due to social and financial pressures which have led to couples resorting to violence out of anger.
"Members of the public are requested to assist the Fiji police in making their festive season an incident-free one by taking ownership of their own safety.
"Considering the consequences of your actions regarding your safety and those of your loved ones should always be at the forefront of anything you do."
ACP Tudravu said the police force would continue to issue advisories, however, at the end of the day the issue of safety was up to every individual as officers could not be everywhere.
"It is our hope that everyone will celebrate Christmas responsibly as its intended purpose.
"We are confident this can happen in partnership with the community," he said.