School holiday warning from police
Police have issued a triple school holiday warning in an effort to help children enjoy the summer break without risk.
Hertfordshire Constabulary is also increasing the number of patrols over the summer holidays in an effort to help young people stay safe.
In a three-pronged warning officers says youngsters need to be aware of the dangers of:
Police are warning youngsters who trespass or cause criminal damage that they will be prosecuted if caught.
Officers say reports of criminal damage to schools increases over school holiday periods.
Community teams, special constables and police community support officers (PCSOs), will be stepping up patrols around empty schools during the holidays to prevent trespassers, vandals and burglars.
Police say trespassers often cause criminal damage to property during the act of breaking in as well as putting themselves in danger by using equipment unsupervised.
"Tespassing is illegal and we will take swift action against anyone who we catch who are unlawfully on private property, including schools, or identify trying to use facilities without permission," a spokesperson said.
Robbery and street crime
Police say the summer holidays are also a period when young people become victims of robbery.
Hertfordshire Constabulary says many youngsters now carry mobile phones and these together with cash and wallets are the items most frequently taken in robberies.
Police say five simple rules should help reduce the likelihood of crime.
Officers are also warning children and young people not to talk to strangers when they are playing outdoors.
They say most young people are sensible and know they should never approach or be enticed away by a stranger.
But Hertfordshire Constabulary says it wants to reinforce this message particularly at this time of year when there will be more youngsters outside playing in the good weather.
22 July 2003