School holiday patrols stepped up
Police are increasing patrols over the summer in an effort to combat school holiday crime and ensure youngsters stay safe. They say they are targeting trespass and damage, robbery and street crime, road safety, and stranger danger.
Officers say the number of reports of criminal damage to schools increases over school holiday periods. Community teams and special constables along with police community support officers (PCSOs) will be stepping up their patrols around empty schools during the holidays to prevent trespassers, vandals and burglars.
In an e-mail to this site, police are also reiterating advice to prevent children being victims of robbery as research shows that most commonly both offenders and victims are aged between 13 and 24 years old. Many youngsters now carry mobile phones and these together with cash and wallets are the items most frequently taken in robberies.
And police are reminding young people not to talk to strangers when outdoors. They have issued the following guidelines for parents to pass on to their children.
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20 July 2004