Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies are discussing safety and cautioning parents about children’s summertime mischief on the “Neighborhood Watch” on KHTS AM-1220 on Thursday from 10-11 a.m.
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Sheriff’s Station officials put out a Nixle report to let Santa Clarita Valley residents aware of the city and county programs available to parents and their children.
“As the summer break gets starts, a lot of kids in the Santa Clarita Valley have time off from school and other responsibilities,” said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Crime Prevention Unit, “so it becomes even more critical to remind parents how important it is that our youth relax and celebrate responsibly, and our parents stay closely involved with their teenager’s activities.”
Dubin is a regularly featured guest on “Neighborhood Watch,” a radio show airing every first and third Thursday of the month focusing on Sheriff’s Station’s local crime prevention and outreach efforts.
Last year, In 2013, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to approximately 3,330 calls for service involving either large parties or loud music complaints, according to Sheriff’s Department figures.
“As part of these efforts, the city of Santa Clarita sponsors and promotes numerous youth-related programs, partners with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station in crime prevention and enforcement programs and provides resources to parents, which will assist in planning, controlling and surviving teenage celebrations, parties and graduation events,” Dubin said.
Some of these incidents involved parties in which teenagers were found to be unsupervised and participating in unsafe or criminal behavior.
California law holds parents liable, both civilly and criminally, in the event of any injury or death when alcohol is either furnished or allowed to be consumed by a minor at a party.
Deputies would like to also remind parents that in the city of Santa Clarita, the curfew ordinance applies to those 17 years old and younger and makes it unlawful for any minor to remain upon any public street, public building, place of amusement or eating place, vacant lot, or unsupervised place between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Certain provisions of this ordinance require parents to know the whereabouts of their minor children during these late hours. The minor must be accompanied by his or her parent or legal guardian unless they are handling a specific errand at the direction of the parent or legal guardian, without any detour or stop.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s deputies have curfew enforcement operations planned in the coming weeks. Through these operations, deputies are hoping to help raise parental awareness regarding the potential dangers associated with allowing unsupervised teenagers to be out in the community during late night hours.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station urges all parents to stay involved and talk with teenagers about the importance of personal safety and making good choices.
Nixle reports are sent out regularly by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies to alert residents to relevant messages or criminal activity in their neighborhood. Click here to sign up for them.
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Source: Santa Clarita News