Tall City Bracing For Summer Juvenile Crime

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - When school goes in session in the Fall, and when it lets out in Summer, police are always patrolling but it's when the kids are let out of school and have less things to do that some begin acting out.

That's when MISD police step up their patrols.

"Everyone's just a little more vigilant," MISD Police Chief, David Colburn, said. "We know people are excited to get out of school, but we want it to be a safe release for all those involved. Being aware of that, we increase our patrols through that area."

They're on guard for more speeding through school zones, excessive littering, but most importantly, and the one crime they see the most of, damage to school property.

"Most of the damage would be in the form of graffiti," Colburn said. "And on school property that becomes a felony."

MISD police work hand-in-hand with Midland Police, who also told NewsWest 9, that sometimes they even see a string of juvenile crimes at once in the Summer.

"There's been times where we'll just have a spree, a rash of vandalisms in the area," Midland Police Detective, Debbie Barnes, said. "It's a group of kids that's going around either shooting windows out with a BB gun or throwing rocks or whatever, just doing that for fun. That's just an example of it."

Tall City police count on the curfew that holds throughout Midland during every season to cut down on Summer crime.

"With the laws and ordinances we have in place right now, we fall back on that curfew," Barnes said. "The curfew is from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m., and that's Monday through Friday."

That means if kids between the ages of 10 and 17 are caught out during that time, and they're not coming from work or with a parent, they'll pay the price.

"They can be cited," Barnes said. "It's a Class C Misdemeanor for curfew violation."

And there will be a fine of up to $500.

Both police squads will be working together this Summer to make sure citizens are safe in the sun.