‘Your children could have died’: Vancouver officer scolds woman for leaving kids in hot car

Always call 911 if you see a pet or person in a locked hot car alone, even if you don’t think it’s hot. 

 

 

 

A mother scolded by a police sergeant for leaving her two young children in a sweltering SUV while she shopped for groceries in Vancouver won’t face charges, but the case has been turned over to children’s services.

A video of the visibly upset officer yelling at the woman as she stood beside her Lexus in a parking lot surfaced online Thursday.

“You don’t seem to understand the danger you put your children in,” he said to the woman as she stood with her arms crossed. “The windows were up – it’s hot out. Your children could have died.”

The cop can be heard telling the woman that a fire truck, an ambulance, and two police cars were called to the scene as a result of her actions. The officer also threatened to have the woman’s kids taken into protective custody after she appeared to argue with him.

“You don’t seem to understand what you’ve done,” he said before adding later, “What kind of parent are you?”

Vancouver police Chief Adam Palmer told reporters Friday that the woman will not face charges but that the children’s ministry has been contacted. The children, a girl, 6, and a three-and-a-half-year-old boy, were left unattended for about 20 minutes while the mother shopped for groceries Monday afternoon, Palmer said.

Palmer said police received multiple 911 calls from citizens concerned about two children in distress left in a hot car. They arrived to find the car alarm going off.

The chief said the sergeant in the video is highly respected and has children of his own.

“He was trying to convey to that woman the seriousness of what she’d done with her children.”

In Edmonton, police announced a mother was charged after her baby had to be rescued from a hot car.

Police managed to get the eight-month-old girl out of the vehicle and she was sent to the hospital for treatment.

It was believed the infant was in the car for about 45 minutes on Thursday night. Her mother, 22, who told police she forgot the baby in the vehicle while meeting a friend for coffee, is charged with causing a child to be in need of intervention.

The inside of a previously air conditioned vehicle can reach up to 50 degrees Celsius in as little as 20 minutes of sitting in the summer sun, according to the Canada Safety Council. That’s well above the temperature for heat stroke.

Although there are no national statistics available in Canada, the U.S. reports that an average of 37 children die every year in hot cars, with the majority of them being under the age of three.

Vancouver police also cautioned pet owners against leaving their furry friends unattended inside parked vehicles after they were forced to break into a car to rescue a dog at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park earlier this week.

“Our message is don’t leave your pets or your kids in your vehicle when the weather is so hot,” Const. Anne-Marie Clark told CTV Vancouver. “Children should go without saying. Please take your children with you. Don’t leave them in the car. It’s too hot for everyone, pets or people.”

From CTV News

Repairing and Reusing Antique Locks – Mr. Locksmith Blog

Repairing and Reusing Antique Locks – Mr. Locksmith Blog

Locks are essential parts of securing valuable and invaluable assets. Hardly is their anyone who would go on with life without using locks. Since the ancient times, locksmiths have ensured that your wealth and property remain intact by impeccable locks. With the advancements in technology, we have surely witnessed enhanced quality, variety and safety in locks. Additionally, many ways to treat, repair and reuse locks have also come up. You may have old locks which have stopped working for you in some way and you might want to just replace them. Before doing so, you should think whether your old lock can be reused or repaired. In this way you can save money that would otherwise spend on a new lock and make use of the old lock instead of throwing it away.

Repair and Reuse Antique Locks

Here are some points that will help you make the best use of your old locks:

Get it examined– The first step you need to do when you have old locks, is to get it examined by the Mr. Locksmith. If you have a lock (front door lock) and cannot open and you are locked out  call or or take some pictures of it in different angels and email or text it to us. Sometimes we can help you over the phone.

Check if the problem is in the key – open the door and without closing the door check if the lock will lock and unlock. If the lock is functioning then the problem could be the lock is sticking in the door frame.

Check Lock with Door Open – If the door is open and the lock is not working it could be a minor problem like a worn key (easy fix, rekey the lock) worn cylinder or worst case the lock is worn out. Abrasions, dents, and breakage can render a key ineffective and so your lock may not be working.

Repairing old locks – Usually, Mr. Locksmith will be able to fix your lock. However, sometimes it is more cost effective to replace the lock. We can give you a quote on repair or replacement.

Upgrading the old door and lock with a Door reinforcer and new locks.

Upgrading the old door and lock with a Door reinforcer and new locks.

Old Mortice Lock still found on lots of older homes.

Old Mortice Lock still found on lots of older homes.

Old Mortice Lock new replacement lock.

Old Mortice Lock new replacement lock.

 

Antique locks are absolute sources of beauty. They are much intricate in design and their patterns are done by ancient passionate hands. It needs to be acknowledged that the patience and love ancient people had about what they were doing, is somehow missing today, even with the kind of technological backup we have. So if you have an antique lock that doesn’t work, you can get them repaired too. Just because it belongs to another time, it need not be discarded.

The video is us upgrading and installing a new Schlage Deadbolt with Door reinforcer and Strike Plate. Mr. Locksmith uses a similar technique to upgrade from an old worn out residential lock and door to new locks and saves the door too.

Call us for details and a quote.