Here is the latest "City Watch" alert from Senior Deputy Tim Lohman of the Thousand Oaks Police Department. If you would like these updates directly from via email, click here for more information.
The end of the school year brings much happiness to youth in the community but parents can be overwhelmed with the stress of graduations and other end of year celebrations.
The positive outlook for parents will be no more school lunches, schedules to follow, homework to stress over, running back and forth to the school and morning wake up routines. The drawback is now balancing your work and home schedules, as the children will be home.
If you are hosting a party for your graduate, know the risks involved, especially if the party is going to include alcohol. These risks may include lawsuits, arrest or fines. Alcohol does not have to become a rite of passage to adulthood. Parents can always provide safe and fun alternative parties that are drug and alcohol free.
If your child is attending a graduation party, it’s a good idea for parents to set guidelines for a fun and safe graduation celebration. Set clear rules about not using drugs or alcohol. Have a back-up plan with your teen if they need to avoid a bad situation. Stay up until your teen returns home and do not rent hotel rooms for your teens.
Ask questions of your teen; know whom they will be with, where they will be and what time you expect them home. Find out who is driving. If it is a limo, check the company's policy on allowing alcohol in the vehicle. Insist on seatbelt use.
There are numerous statistics put out each year relating to alcohol releated deaths, but nothing is more alarming then finding out most deaths occur during prom and graduation season. Each year over 1000 youth under the age of 21 are killed in alcohol-related fatalities, making May and June a deadly time of year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It takes just one drink to impair driving and decision-making.
Parents are the number one influence in a child’s life. Therefore, it is your responsibility to model the behavior you expect from your child. Zero alcohol is the safe and legal choice this graduation season to ensure each child has a long successful future.
Summer vacations are around the corner for most of us, which takes us away from our homes for an extended period of time. As a reminder, the Thousand Oaks Police Department offers FREE vacation house checks. Please contact the Thousand Oaks Community Resource Center (805) 449-2760, if you would like to take advantage of this service or have further questions.
Nothing ruins a fabulous trail experience more than having your car broken into at the trailhead. Car break-ins at trailheads are rare, but they do happen and they tend to cycle from area to area.
It is important to report suspicious persons or activities immediately. Remember if it’s a crime in progress and requires an emergency response, call 911, otherwise contact (805) 654-9511 for non-emergencies.
Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for these type of crimes. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
Until next time, stay safe