Public safety is the main priority for law enforcement agencies. While this typically relates to addressing issues involving criminal activity, police departments also frequently share safety tips that could assist their communities. On Saturday morning, the Braintree Police Department did just that, clearly explaining why now is not the time for crime.
This weekend, according to a report by the Washington Post, two-thirds of the states in the lower 48 are contending with a potentially deadly heatwave. Many cities are facing temperatures in the upper 90s and low 100s during the day and extremely warm nights, creating particularly dangerous conditions.
The police department in Braintree, Massachusetts, implored criminals to take the weekend off in a Facebook post, citing the high temperatures as a reason to avoid “conducting criminal activity.”
“Folks. Due to the extreme heat, we are asking anyone thinking of doing criminal activity to hold off until Monday,” wrote the police department. “It is straight up hot as soccer balls out there.”
“Conducting criminal activity, in this extreme heat is next level henchmen status,” the post continued, “and also very dangerous.”
The Braintree police then made recommendations regarding better activities for this scorcher of a weekend.
“Stay home, blast the AC, binge Stranger Things season 3, play with the face app, practice karate in your basement We will all meet again on Monday when it’s cooler,” wrote the police department.
“Sincerely, The PoPo,” the post continued. “PS: please no spoiler alerts. We’re just finishing season 2.”
Most Facebook users seemed amused by the post.
“Hands down the best post on Facebook,” wrote one user.
“You just know that they really wanted to say ‘hot as balls,’” said another commenter.
The post has since gone viral, gathering over 8,000 comments and being shared more than 89,000 times in less than 24 hours.