Summer stay safe campaign launches

SCHOOL'S OUT! - HAVE FUN AND STAY SAFE

22 Jul 2016

This year’s summer holidays are beginning and Humberside Police and our local partners are here to help kids of all ages get the most out of the summer break – and stay safe. 

The six week campaign will focus on the work police and partners are going to address issues or concerns linked to children being off school, whether this is perceived crime and antisocial behaviour, activities for young people or the risk young people face.

The campaign itself will focus on weekly themes: 
1. Operation Lifestyle and youth engagement projects 
2. The dangers of open water, building sites, derelict buildings and railway lines
3. Anti-social behaviour
4. Peer pressure and the dangers of drinking and drugs
5. Cyber safety
6. Avoiding becoming a victim of crime.

Superintendent Tracy Bradley from Community Policing said: “Summer holidays are a great time for children to recharge batteries and enjoy the good weather while on holiday with family or out with friends. However, some will claim to be bored pretty quickly, so we will be sharing details of the forces Operation Lifestyle and promoting community activities to keep them suitable busy.

“Likewise, we know that children will want to explore some potentially dangerous places, whether that is swimming in dangerous open water or playing in derelict buildings. Ultimately five minutes of fun is never worth risking your life or serious injury and we will try to prevent tragic accidents in our area by sharing advice for young people and their parents.

“These are not the only dangers people face with children occasionally targeted by thieves or cyber criminals. With this in mind we will be promoting ways that kids can keep themselves and property safe.

“I am however aware that many people dread the holidays due to concern around groups of young people gathering the street and their associated anti-social and rowdy behaviour. Through the campaign we will highlight the work of various agencies in dealing with these community issues and would therefore urge resident and businesses to report any incidents that affect their quality of life so we can take action.”

Councillor Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The council supports the Summer Safe Campaign to help keep young people safe and occupied during the school summer holidays. We have arranged lots of fun and exciting activities during the summer holidays including the On Target sessions including football, multi sports and new for this year, angling. The council is also once again providing free swimming at all our leisure centres during the school holidays for those aged 16 and under. We want young people to enjoy their holiday and have fun while at the same time staying safe."

Steve Duffield, Community Safety Manager: “Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is delighted to back the Stay Safe campaign. Hot weather and school holidays should be a great combination, but unfortunately the risk of fire and accidents around open water tends to increase. Dry grass and shrubbery can easily set alight during the summer and we are keen to stress the risks to youngsters who may have an unhealthy fascination with matches or lighters to consider the wider consequences. Also a temptation to cool off in open water when the temperatures are high can be fatal due to cold water shock. Much of our activity is to reduce the numbers of people entering the water and ultimately save lives across our region.” 
There are various events and activities taking place across the Humberside Police area. For details please use the appropriate links below:
North East Lincolnshire
• GoDoo App http://godoo.org.uk/
• Lincs Inspire: - www.lincsinspire.com/enterprise/SportsArts

North Lincolnshire
• Street Sports: - www.northlincs.gov.uk/leisure/community-sports/community-sports-youth/#

East Yorkshire
• Schools Out: - www2.eastriding.gov.uk/leisure/events/schools-out/

Hull
• Active Hull: - www.activehull.co.uk/