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Safe holidays

Avinesh Gopal
Monday, December 03, 2012

THE loss of a loved one, especially a child, is unbearable.

Likewise, learning that one's child has been involved in some problems with the law or been sexually abused is also a pain.

With the school holidays starting today, there is a great risk of children being involved in various problems.

Some may venture out on picnic trips with friends or relatives, thus the risk of drowning, which is at an alarming number now.

Others may want to experience things that their peers or adults do and end up spoiling their future.

Like during other annual school holidays, this one too has put police officers on their toes to ensure the safety of everyone.

Fiji Police Force spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said during these breaks, children may get the impression that rules also have been relaxed, an assumption that could lead to dangerous situations or even accidents.

One area of concern for police this year has been the number of deaths by drowning, involving children too.

Ms Naisoro said 63 people had died from drowning so far this year compared to 35 for the same period last year.

"2012 has seen many young lives lost because of drowning and we need to work together to stop this number from increasing," she said.

She said police had beefed-up operations for the Christmas festive season.

"We are intent on ensuring our children are safe at all times, whether they are home or away visiting family and relatives.

"Police will be monitoring main cities and towns in the hope of keeping minors out of popular night spots."

Ms Naisoro also urged nightclub operators to thoroughly check patrons identification to ensure no minors were allowed into the nightclubs.

"We will be keeping a close tab on bootleggers.

"Traders are therefore forewarned that anyone found selling beyond prohibited hours or outside their license provisions will face the consequences of the law.

"This also applies to the selling of liquor to minors.

"During this festive season we need your help in curbing criminal activity and keeping our children safe," said Ms Naisoro.





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