PRESS RELEASE: Graduation and Summer Break Safety Tips
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Subject: GRADUATION AND SUMMER BREAK SAFETY TIPS
With today capping Long Beach high school graduation ceremonies taking place this week, and being the last day of school for all LBUSD schools on the traditional calendar, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) would like to congratulate graduates and parents, remind them about the dangers associated with celebrating irresponsibly, and encourage them to follow some simple safety tips:
The Long Beach Police Department reminds all residents and visitors that all fireworks, even the so-called “Safe and Sane” variety remain illegal in the City of Long Beach. Those who use, possess, store, or transport any type of fireworks in Long Beach may be subject to criminal prosecution, face a penalty of up to $1,000 fine, 6 months in jail - or worse, a painful and/or debilitating injury. It is simply not worth it!
NOTE TO PARENTS: Parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.
Alcohol use by those under the age of 21 is not an acceptable rite of passage. It is dangerous, can set underage drinkers in a path of negative consequences, and can be deadly. Drinking lowers inhibitions and increases the chances of engaging in risky behavior resulting in poor decision making.
The City’s curfew law will be strictly enforced. Please remember: It is unlawful for any minor under the age of eighteen (18) years to remain in or upon any “public place,” between the hours of 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the following day.
The LBPD takes curfew violations seriously and will enforce this law with your child’s safety in mind. Our experience has shown us that youth 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 the importance of knowing the whereabouts of your children at all times, and to ensure they get home safely BEFORE curfew. Together, we can all have a more enjoyable summer!
The popularity of handheld electronics and other devices can make you an easy target for criminals looking for an easy score. For your safety, we strongly encourage you to practice the following safety tips at all times:
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, alleyways and restrooms
If you feel someone is following you, move to a well-populated area
Travel with a friend; there is safety in numbers
Walk closer to the curb and avoid doorways, bushes, and 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. Concerts & Movies in the Park are fan favorites and something families can do together. To learn more about these programs, visit www.longbeach.gov/park and www.100daysofsummer.org or call (562) 570-3100.
The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) also offers a Summer Reading Program and a variety of special events at library branches throughout the City, designed for the entire family and all for FREE. To register for the Summer Reading program, visit any Long Beach Public Library location, visit www.lbpl.org or call (562) 570-7500.
For youth employment opportunities through the City of Long Beach, visit the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network website at www.pacific-gateway.org/youth.