It’s that time of year again; the time that people, especially children, look forward to the most. Yes, you guessed it – it’s summer break time! The time when families go on vacation, children are out of school, the weather is warm and inviting, and the beach is calling. It’s a much needed time for children and parents to relax from the demands of school and work. It can be a time when one may let his or her guard down and not be as attentive as he or she should be.
Unfortunately, criminals do not take a break. Many times, criminals may see this as an opportunity to take advantage of relaxed vigilance. In recent weeks in the Washington, DC, area, sexual predators have entered unlocked doors and windows and preyed upon women. A high school student was sexually assaulted and almost abducted while walking on a wooded path to high school. And in Prince Georges County, a county just outside of the District, home invasion robberies have doubled.
As summertime kicks in, let’s remember to be safe and to teach and remind our children how to be safe. On NCPC’s website, there are hundreds of safety tips directed toward every audience and almost every topic. Below are just some of the examples:
- If you are about to travel, check out our vacation tips (pdf) and our preparedness guide (pdf) for travelers.
- Don’t let your guard down when driving or filling up the car for that road trip. Look at these tips for car theft (pdf) and gas station theft prevention.
Safety Tips for Children and Youth
- Have your children check out the bike safety and streetwise tips (pdf).
- If your child will be home alone, share these tips with them.
- Review these facts with your teens about how NOT to be a victim of crime.
Safety Tips for Parents and Adults
- If your children will be spending more time on the Internet this summer, share these tips with them to help keep them safe.
- Before you go on vacation, use these convenient checklists for apartments (pdf) and homes (pdf) to help prevent intruders.
- If you want to prevent yourself from being a victim of violent crime, check out this list.
The bottom line is that we all need to continue to be attentive to our surroundings. Protect yourself and your loved ones by reducing the chance for criminals to victimize you and your family. NCPC wants you to have a fun and safe summer!