Depok, W Java (ANTARA News) - National Police Chief Police General Tito Karnavian has instructed all regional police chiefs to heighten security measures around their local places of worship in the run-up to the Chinese New Year celebration.

"They know what they need to do based on experiences from the previous years, but we will enhance security measures," he stated in Depok, West Java, on Thursday.

He had also instructed the regional police chiefs to map out potentially vulnerable areas.

"I have urged them to look at the maps and identify possible areas that are prone to being sensitive, as they could change from time to time," he added.

Apart from several monasteries, some shopping centers and crowded areas will also be under intensive surveillance during the Chinese New Year celebrations by deploying more police personnel.

The first day of the New Chinese Year 2569 will fall on Friday, Feb 16, marking the beginning of the Year of Dog.

The celebrations will begin on the first day of the Chinese calendar and end on the 15th, which is often referred to as Cap Go Meh.

Reported by Anita Permata Dewi

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