BEIRUT: The Internal Security Forces asked citizens Sunday to place an identification card inside their vehicles when parked in a non-designated space for security reasons.
“In light of the critical security situation in the country and growing fears of suspicious vehicles ... the Internal Security Forces urge drivers to place a card on the dashboard that includes the driver's full name and phone number so that [police] can contact them when necessary,” the ISF said in a statement.
They added that the measure would prevent panic among residents that could ensue as a result of vehicles deemed suspicious and would help the police avoid breaking into the vehicle to search it.
Lebanon has been rocked by a series of car bombs particularly in the capital where explosive-rigged vehicles killed dozens of people and wounded many others.
Rumors of rigged vehicles have sparked panic in recent weeks with a recent report saying seven explosive-rigged cars entered Beirut's southern suburbs.
Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel has denied the report, asking the media to be cautious in their reporting.