Police Launch Operation Autumnus
Do you know where your children are and what they are getting up to? That’s the question Police and Partner agencies are asking Parents and Carers as the dark nights arrive.
Cleveland Police, in common with many other UK Forces, has often seen a rise in Antisocial Behaviour (ASB) and Criminal Damage from around mid-October to mid-November and officers are once again warning parents that their child could end up with a criminal record if they are involved.
As part of Operation Autumnus, a multi-agency initiative to address seasonal crime, Neighbourhood officers are visiting Primary and Secondary schools across the Force area, to drive home messages on how to stay safe and how to stay out of trouble.
Local authority colleagues are offering youngsters the chance to take part in various activities rather than hanging around on the streets - where they could be tempted to get involved in crime and ASB. Youth groups and organisations are running extra sessions offering children and young people a variety of activities and sports.
Superintendent Ian Coates of Cleveland Police said:
“This time of year has traditionally always been a busy one for Cleveland Police and our local authority and other emergency service partners. While young people may see gathering in large, often rowdy groups or taking part in ASB as just a bit of fun, I can assure you that for many in our communities, including vulnerable people, the elderly, or those living alone, this is not the case.
Not only that, young people out and about unsupervised at night could be putting themselves in danger and I’d ask people to check where their children are, who they are with and what they are doing.
I’d also urge parents and carers to remind children that police will be running extra patrols and making full use of our mobile CCTV facilities over the next few weeks. If a child or young person is found to have been involved in crime or ASB, they could even end up with a criminal record which could have repercussions for the rest of their life.”