Malawi Police have asked people to take care during this festive period to avoid cases of theft and road accidents.
Deputy national police spokesperson Kelvin Maigwa in an interview on Monday advised people who are going away for holidays to leave someone behind to take care of the house.
He said those going away must also inform neighbours and move away from the fence such items as drums and ladders which robbers normally use to get in.
Maigwa said: “For those that take alcoholic drinks, they are advised not to drink and drive. If they are going out for a drink, it is advisable they must have someone who is sober to drive them.
“Pedestrians are also advised not to drink excessively and walk on the road. They must observe road signs carefully. It is also advisable not to swim while drunk.”
The police are erecting temporary road checks in townships and, according to Maigwa, this is a measure to ensure tight security during the period.
He warned that the police would act and apply the law on people found breaking traffic rules during this festive season.
He warned shoppers to be careful as robbers take advantage of excitement during this period and cautioned merrymakers to know their guests at parties.