STAFFORDSHIRE police are reminding parents to check on where their children are going and what they are up to during the school summer holidays.
Incidents of antisocial behaviour, criminal damage and arson can increase during the summer, officers say.
But talking to children about potential dangers and their consequences could make a difference to their safety.
As part of the force-wide summer initiative ‘Respect: It’s a two way street’, officers and police community support officers will be out and about in communities engaging with young people. They are interested in their views and will also be offering safety advice.
Chief Superintendent Jon Drake said: “It is important for young people to understand potential risks and consequences of their actions if they get involved in what they may consider ‘a bit of a laugh’. No parent wants to hear that their child has got into trouble or has caused people to feel alarmed or distressed.”
But officers point out that anti-social behaviour can be caused by people of all ages and from different backgrounds, and is not confined to young people.