Teens Getting Into More Trouble During the Summer

By Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Every summer, it seems some kids get bored then get into trouble and that mischief they make can land them behind bars. The calls have already started coming in to the police department.

"We do see a spike in activities involving juveniles in the summer," Sgt. David Garcia, with the Midland Police Department, said.

Police say that this time of the year is when teens get into the most trouble. Even simple pranks can land kids in the slammer.

"Wrapping houses, egging cars, graffiting walls and fences. Alot of it is boredom," Garcia said.

But some teens can take it too far and start diving into more serious crimes like theft. Just two weeks ago, three Midland teens were busted for stealing from cars.

"We arrested some teenagers around 14-years-old that were car hopping. What that means is going around looking for unlocked cars. They are not going to break windows, they are going to go into unlocked cars with valuables in them," Garcia said.

Police say during the summer months, they will up their patrols in residential areas but it's ultimately up to parents to keep an eye on their kids.

"Parents, keep tabs on your kids, if they are going to be out with kids be sure and you know who they are with," Garcia said.

Police want to remind teens and parents that there is a curfew in place and if it's not followed, they will receive a ticket. With the increase in population, they expect to see more of these crimes.

Police say if you see something suspicious, you should contact police immediately.