Couva South MP Rudranath Indarsingh, left, speaks with a 63- year old crime victim at Mc Bean Couva on Tuesday.

Police are urging residents of central Trinidad to be more vigilant as the Christmas season approaches.

ACP Floris Hodge Griffith said police have been using social media and other forms of communication to get the word out that members of the public need to be vigilant and ensure they engage in crime prevention measures.

Hodge Griffith said citizen must harden themselves as targets and constantly re-examine their situation to ensure criminals don’t get an upper hand.

At Mc Bean Village, Couva on Tuesday MP Rudranath Indarsingh visited a family who was robbed in a home invasion two weeks ago. The 63-year-old victim said a gang entered his home around 6am and he was alerted by the screams of his wife.

The victim saw one of his caretakers being held by gunpoint. After the gunmen demanded money and clobbered the victim on his head with a gun.

The victim said his family now spend sleepless night at their homes. Indarsingh said in the last six months there has been a spate of robberies and at least four reported home invasions.

Indarsingh said he wants more police on the streets and if possible joint police/army patrols for the Christmas season.

Henry Awong, the chairman of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation, said the 30 municipal police assigned to the CTTRC would be working alongside the regular police to increase patrols.