SUMMERTIME SAFETY TIPS
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:
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.
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
- Don’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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For more information, contact (562) 570-5273.