The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department reminds parents and caregivers that all children should be secured in child safety seats, booster seats, or seat belts every time they ride in a car or truck.
Public Safety Officer David Hohertz of the SLMPD is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and is available by appointment to assist you with properly installing your child safety seat. Call him at (952) 960-1619 to schedule an appointment. This service is available at no cost to those who live or work in Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, or Tonka Bay. There is a $20.00 fee per seat for those who do not live or work in one of the above listed communities.
The SLMPD has booklets available entitled “Buckle Up Kids”. The booklet is intended to help you learn how to choose the right restraint for your child and how to use it the right way. It is available for free; simply stop by the police department at 24150 Smithtown Road in Shorewood, between the hours of 08:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday, and request one.
You may also visit www.buckleupkids.state.mn.us for further information on transporting children safely or to locate a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician in your area who can assist you with properly installing your child safety seat.
Free Gun Locks Available
The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department is dedicated to keeping children safe from firearms. In partnership with Project ChildSafe, the SLMPD has free gun locks available for residents of Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, or Tonka Bay. Stop by the administrative offices during regular business hours to pick up your lock.
Stranger Danger Tips for Kids
People who look friendly are not always nice. Keep safe from strangers and people you do not know very well with these tips:
- A stranger is anyone who you do not know.
- Bad people do not always look mean or scary.
- Always tell your parents where you are going.
- Try not to walk anywhere alone. Walk with a friend.
- Don’t take shortcuts through the woods, a back street, or an empty lot.
- Do not get too close to strangers. Make sure you have room to run.
- Don’t tell your name or address to a stranger.
- Never take candy, money, or gifts from a stranger.
- Never go with a stranger to help look for a lost pet or play a game.
- Never get into a car with anyone you don’t know.
- If a stranger bothers you, run away and ask an adult for help.
- Know safe places you can go – a police or fire station, the library, a store, or a friend or trusted neighbor’s house.
- If a stranger follows you or grabs for you, shout loudly “I DON’T KNOW YOU!” so people know you are in trouble. Fight back and make as much noise as you can.
- If anyone touches you in a bad way, shout “NO!” and tell an adult.
- Tell your parents about places where you don’t feel safe.
Courtesy of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh