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Amherst Police to residents: Keep your kids at home this weekend

'The police department is asking for parents help in preventing children from congregating in parks and playgrounds,' officers said in a video.

AMHERST, N.Y. — The Amherst Police Department is issuing a strong warning to people, especially going into the weekend: keep your kids at home.

The department posted a video on all of its social media platforms on Friday, warning people to stay away from banned locations, including playgrounds or athletic facilities.

Similar to the warning from the City of Buffalo on Thursday and other municipalities in Western New York, Amherst is urging people who live there, even though the weather is getting nicer, to be smart.

"The police department is asking for parents help in preventing children from congregating in parks and playgrounds," Amherst Police Officer David Schneider said. "The police department's seen an increase in the number of calls related to this matter, and you can assist us in preventing that."

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