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July 25, 2014
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Police urge parents to be vigilant during summer

The police have urged parents to take security precautions during summer holidays, especially when children remain at home, attend summer school, camps as well as visit friends and families.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to put security measures in place to protect themselves, families and communities from harm and being victims of criminal activities.

The following are some useful tips to keep in mind:

1. Immediately report suspicious persons to the police and cooperate fully in giving lawmen information about such persons. Criminals being sought by the police oftentimes try to elude the lawmen by fleeing to other communities, where they hide in plain sight. Be keen on description, mode of transportation, time of day and specific areas such person(s) frequent.

2. Warn children to avoid strangers, especially if they encounter them alone.

3. Children attending camps, going on trips and other activities must be properly supervised at all times. Parents and caregivers are to ensure they provide written approval for children and conduct necessary due diligence to verify that the camp, trip or activity the child is participating in, is legitimate and will provide responsible supervision and guidance.

4. Keep harmful substances and implements out of the reach of children.

5. Do not light open fires or leave fires unsupervised. Use alternative methods to dispose of garbage and when clearing lands.

6. Maintain communication with the local police, other essential services and advise them of summer activities in your community.

7. As much as possible, travel in groups in busy shopping districts and centres, and keep children under close watch. Many children get distracted and go missing during the hustle and bustle of shopping.

8. Be actively involved in neighbourhood-watch groups in your communities, in an attempt to easily detect criminals, so the police can act speedily in maintaining a crime-free community.

9. As best as possible, stay in well-lit, well-travelled areas and always trust your instincts.

Whereas members of the public are being advised to take the necessary steps to ensure their personal safety, the police are determined to thwart any attempt at crime made by unlawful citizens.

The police are also urging citizens to assist in making all communities safe. Dial the police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop 311 or contact the nearest police station to make a report.

Visit our website (www.jcf.gov.jm) for further tips on how to remain safe this summer.

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