POLICE have noted that the school holidays have resulted in an increase in the number of students loitering around Labasa Town at night.
The situation has prompted police officers to send students home as late as midnight.
Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri urged parents to be vigilant with their children during these holidays.
"It all goes back to the parents and what are they doing during the late hours of the night," he said.
"It is a grave concern and we are asking parents to please supervise their children and know who they hang out with and where they go."
Inspector Sokomuri said the police in Suva had also been closely monitoring the movement of students at night.
"They go to the movies and attend other activities in town but we usually talk to them in the streets and ensure they are safe and return home safely," he said.
Police north media officer Luke Rawalai said students were mostly seen roaming in town.
"This is alarming because most of these children hang out late at night, especially during weekends when nightclubs are open and many social activities taking place.
"The question to ask is where are the parents of these children?
"The trend shows parents are becoming negligent. They need to prioritise their activities and spend more time with their children."