Police in Beaumont Leys are inviting local young people to attend a BMX event on Tuesday 26 July, as part of Leicestershire Police’s Safer Summer campaign.
The campaign gives advice on how people can enjoy their summer safely was launched earlier this month and concentrates on five key areas, based on crimes that normally peak during the summer months: online safety, burglary, antisocial and nuisance behaviour, personal safety and vehicle crime.
The BMX event will utilise local facilities as a way for police to engage with young people and to divert them from taking part in antisocial behaviour during the summer holidays.
PC Adam Woolman, neighbourhood officer for the Beaumont Leys ward, said: “The summer holidays can be a boring time for some and many families run out of activities for their children to do. When boredom sets in the risk of young people getting involved in antisocial behaviour increases. To avoid this we wanted to do something where we could engage with our local young people and their families in a positive way.”
All school aged children from Beaumont Leys and surrounding areas are invited to attend the event at the BMX track on Beaumont Park in Beaumont Leys, between 11am and 2pm.
There will be BMX demonstrations from local BMX Club, the Leicester Huncote Hornets, who will be encouraging children to take part in relays on the track.
Children will also be able to get a free bicycle health check which is being run by Cooke E-Learning Foundation, a local alternative education provision for school-aged students. They will also be carrying out minor repairs to bikes of local children.
PC Woolman added: “We are asking children to bring their own bike and safety gear with them and join us at the BMX track for a fun filled day. There will be lots going on and plenty of things to get involved in. We will be giving out bike security and safety advice including goodie bags for those taking part.
“We look forward to seeing you there.”
As part of this event officers will also be reinforcing the force’s bike crime prevention messages and encouraging cyclists to fill out a new bike passport. Bike passports are a record of your bike details that you keep safe and hand to the police in the unfortunate event that your bike is stolen.
You can follow all the Safer Summer advice and community events throughout July and August on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, snapchat #safersummer.
Source:: Leicestershire Police News