Tips to stay safe this summer
2022-06-28 08:54 PDT
Make this summer fun and safe for you and your family by following some tips provided by the Surrey RCMP.
Securing your home and property
Whether you intend on spending your summer at home or travelling, it is important to remain vigilant of property crime thieves. Surrey RCMP’s Property Crime Target Team recommends locking your front doors and windows, and keeping garage doors closed, even if you are home or spending time in the backyard. If you are going on vacation take some precautions such as stopping regular newspaper deliveries or have a neighbor collect your mail. Also setting up indoor lights to turn on and off automatically on timers could deter a thief. You can learn more about how to protect your home and property during an upcoming webinar on June 30 with our Property Crime Unit (pre-register here).
Don’t leave kids or pets left in vehicles
Your car is basically a miniature greenhouse and temperatures can skyrocket extremely quickly inside. Don’t leave children or pets in parked vehicles. Parking in the shade or slightly cracking the window does not make it safe. On an average summer day, the inside of a parked vehicle can reach a dangerously high temperature of over 38 degrees Celsius in minutes.
Plan your trip accordingly and, if you need to make a "quick stop" then, for the health and safety of your child, take your child with you even if it means getting them out of their car seat. Heat stroke can occur very quickly and unexpectedly in children and pets causing symptoms such as dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, loss of consciousness, and/or death.
If you see a pet or a child in distress inside a parked vehicle call 9-1-1 immediately.
Community events – Canada Day
With a return to many in-person community events, there will be more opportunities to take younger children to outdoor events with large crowds. In the excitement, it can be easy for family members to become separated, and it is not uncommon for our officers to respond to multiple missing persons incidents. Make a plan with your family in case of separation that includes a pre-arranged meeting place and some form of identification. On the day of the event, take a photo of your child with your phone so you have an accurate description of them should they go missing. Most of all, keep a close eye on children and stay close together.
On July 1, Surrey’s Canada Day celebration will be back in full swing at the Bill Reid Milennium Amphitheatre. Surrey RCMP officers will be in attendance to ensure a safe event, and will be also assisting with traffic control in the area. Traffic congestion in the area surrounding the fairgrounds is expected so please be patient and allow extra time to get to where you are going. Please pre-plan a safe ride home if your celebrations include the use of intoxicating substances. Our officers will be conducting impaired driving road checks throughout the month of July.
Keeping youth safe
Surrey RCMP issued a letter to parents at the end of the school year with safety tips on online safety, reporting bullying or other unsafe behaviours to police, and a list of youth/parent resources available throughout the summer months.
Surrey RCMP Community Engagement Teams gear up for summer
In preparation for a busy summer events season, the Surrey RCMP’s Community Engagement Teams are ramping up their attendance at various community, sporting, and cultural events throughout the city.
Team members from various units including Special Events, Diversity, Community Programs, and Youth Unit will be at these events connecting with children and youth and offering resources to parents.
This initiative is part of the Surrey RCMP’s long-term commitment to building an early positive rapport with youth and their families and bringing awareness to the many programs and services available.
Read more summer safety tips here.
Cst. Gurvinder GhagMedia Relations Officer
14355 57 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3X 1A9
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