Some questions Shelburne Police would like all parents to ask themselves, “Do you know where your under 16 children are after midnight? Are they in bed? Are they at a friend’s house? Are they wandering the streets with their friends?”
Ontario has a law imposing a curfew from midnight to 6am for all children under the age of 16.
Under the Child and Family Services Act, no parent of a child less than 16 years of age shall permit the child to loiter in a public place between midnight and 6 a.m. This offence is punishable by fine if warranted and youth can be apprehended by police without warrant and taken to their parent/caregiver.
On weekends and during summer holidays youth have more time on their hands to be out and about with their friends, including after the sun goes down. Typically police see a spike in issues such as vandalism, mischief, theft, loitering, trespassing, under-age drinking, and general noise complaints.
Shelburne Police continue to enforce this curfew to help prevent youth from getting themselves into trouble late at night when unsupervised, but also for the youth’s personal safety.
“We encourage all parents to talk to their children about this concern, and to make sure they are monitoring their children closely to help ensure their safety and to assist in keeping them out of trouble”, states Sgt. Neumann