With Long Beach high-school graduation ceremonies beginning this week, the Long Beach Police Department has released the following information about the dangers associated with celebrating irresponsibly and provided tips to keep safe:
Underage drinkers are more likely to involve themselves in unsafe behavior or become victims of crimes due to vulnerability. Alcohol impairs judgment, affects physical coordination and may prevent one from maintaining control of his or her body. It may also cause an individual to ignore morals and values, resulting in poor decision making such as driving under the influence. These factors can also lead to minors being more susceptible to being victimized because they may be considered an easy target.
Parents and youngsters are also 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 18 years to remain in or upon any ‘public place’ as defined in Section 9.02.090, between the hours of 10pm and 6am the following day.”
“The LBPD takes curfew violations seriously,” reads a recent press release from the police department. “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 LBPD 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 a person an easy target for criminals hoping to obtain these valuables.
• 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 those around you
• Stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible
• Places that make you vulnerable include dark parking lots, walkways, alleyways and restroom
• 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, 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 & Marine, and in partnership with the Long Beach Convention & Visitor Bureau. Concerts and movies in the park are events a family can attend together. To learn more about these programs, visit longbeach.gov/park and 100daysofsummer.org, call (562) 570-3100 or email 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 pacific-gateway.org/youth .