Thanks to cooperation of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the Police Administration of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, a press conference was held in the Tourist Board office at Pile, where a preventive and educational flyer "Safe Holiday" was presented. This flyer brings tips that will enable all visitors a safer stay, presentation of the security situation during this and last tourist season as well as the measures taken to ensure a safe tourist season.
The director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlasic, welcomed the audience and emphasized the importance of the safety of all visitors, as well as the high position of Dubrovnik on the list of safe European cities. She pointed out that statistical data shows a regular increase in the number of arrivals and overnight stays, which means that more attention is needed to ensure the safety of both foreign and domestic tourists, as well as residents of the city. The flyer made in cooperation with the Police Administration is full of advices in six languages, such as practical tips for drivers, personal issues protection and advice for swimmers, divers and boat users.
Chief of Police Ivan Pavlicevic thanked the Dubrovnik Tourist Board for the cooperation in the creation of the "Safe Holiday" flyer, which will certainly contribute to increasing the level of security, which is our common interest. He emphasized that the city of Dubrovnik, as well as the area of the entire Dubrovnik-Neretva County, have for years been a safe tourist destination. This is supported by security indicators or a decrease in the number of criminal offenses in the area of general crime and a fall in the number of criminal offenses of property crime. He also pointed out that, despite the continuous increase in the number of tourists, which in 2017 there were almost 3 million, an exceptionally high drop of offense against the public order and peace was recorded - almost 10 percent, while the disclosure of criminal offenses in the field of economic crime and drug abuse increased.
Dubrovnik hosts numerous international conferences, attended by numerous senior officials, most of whom are prominent, requiring extensive security measures. He expressed satisfaction with the fact that such meetings have been going on for years with a high level of security.
He emphasized that such a favorable state of security is the result of planning and a whole series of preventive activities that the police undertake independently and in cooperation with local self-government, but also to all those who in any way contribute to security. He said that is their job and obligation to keep the status of a safe tourist destination, and making this flyer is a step further in this regard, protecting tourists to the fullest extent giving them practical advice on self-defense behavior.
In addition to the flyer, the Police Administration has carried out a number of other preventive activities, such as training of tourist guides, cooperation with Dubrovnik's public transport company "Libertas", who created labels with a warning on the protection of personal belongings during transportation, and preparatory interviews with police authorities of neighboring states, all inspections, local self-government, security companies, fire brigades, emergency medical aid intensively cooperating throughout the entire tourist season.
Adela Vranjes Lucic, Head of the Public Order and Peace Department, highlighted the various activities that the Police Administration has undertaken before the start of the tourist season to further ensure and maintain the maximum security of all residents of the city.