LBPD Provides Tips For a Safe Summer

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Long Beach Police Department. Photo by Barbara Holbrook, Everything Long Beach

With summer right around the corner, the Long Beach Police Department would like to provide the community with some information that may help prevent residents from becoming a victim and keep them safe:

GRADUATIONS

With Long Beach high school graduation ceremonies taking place this week, Long Beach Police would like to educate graduates and parents about the dangers of underage drinking.

Underage drinkers are more likely to involve themselves in unsafe behavior, or become a victim of a crime due to vulnerability. The affects of alcohol impairs judgment, affects physical coordination, and may prevent one from maintaining control of their body. It may also cause an individual to ignore their morals and values, resulting in poor decision making such as driving under the influence. These factors can also lead to minors being more susceptible to being victimized because they may be considered an easy target.

Therefore, the L.B.P.D. is strongly encouraging graduates and their friends and families to plan celebrations with these considerations and safety in mind.

CURFEW

Parents and youngsters are reminded that the City’s curfew law will be strictly enforced. Section 9.58.010 of the Long Beach Municipal Code states: “It is unlawful for any minor under the age of eighteen (18) years to remain in or upon any ‘public place’ as defined in Section 9.02.090, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the following day.”

The L.B.P.D. takes curfew violations seriously. Our experience has shown us that children who are on the street after curfew are more likely to become victims of violent crime, and also are more likely to become involved in criminal behavior. We are reminding parents that it is important for you to know where your children are at all times, and to ensure they get home safely before curfew.

Curfew laws are in place to protect children/youth and keep them safe, and the L.B.P.D. will enforce this law with your child’s safety in mind. By working together, we can help provide your child/youth a safe and enjoyable summer break.

STREET SAFETY

The popularity of handheld electronics and other devices can make you an easy target for criminals hoping to obtain these valuables. For your safety, we are strongly encouraging you to practice the following safety tips:

  • Do not make it obvious that you have an iPod, cell phone, or other electronic device
  • Whenever possible, avoid using your electronic device on the street
  • on’t display your valuables in public (money, jewelry, etc.)
  • Always be alert and aware of your surroundings and the people around you
  • Stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible
  • Places that make you vulnerable include dark parking lots, walkways, alleys & restrooms
  • If you feel someone is following you, move to a well-populated area
  • Travel with a friend; there is safety in numbers
  • Walk close to the curb and avoid doorways, bushes & alleys where someone could hide
  • Report suspicious activity immediately by calling 9-1-1

ALTERNATIVES

The City of Long Beach is offering a variety of summer programs, activities and classes for youth of all ages through the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, and in partnership with the Long Beach Convention & Visitor Bureau. Concerts and movies in the park are fan favorites and something a family can do together. To learn more about these programs, visit http://www.longbeach.gov/park/ and http://100daysofsummer.org/, call (562) 570-3100 or e-mail 100daysofsummer@longbeach.gov.

For youth employment opportunities through the City of Long Beach’s “Hire-A-Youth Program, visit the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network website at www.HireAYouth.com.

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