After this week, many Tri-State students will be on summer break, meaning thousands of school children will be on the streets, looking for something to do. And, local police say sometimes they resort to illegal mischief to pass the time.
Police say as soon as the school year ends they start to see an upward trend in teen crimes, especially crimes of opportunity.
That includes more suspicious person calls with kids wandering neighborhoods, thefts of small items such as bikes and lawn ornaments and even criminal damage.
"They don't have anybody watching after them so therefore the kids can kind of go off by themselves," said QPD Officer Brent Holtman. "Once kids get together they kind of put their minds together and sometimes come up with some pretty bad ideas sometimes. And, therefore, follow through with them.
Officer Holtman advises parents to set curfews for their kids and make sure to know where they are at all times.
"The biggest advice I could tell parents is to keep track of your kids; know where they are going, know who they are with, give them set curfews, also have them check in," said Holtman. "When they check in ask them who they are with, ask them where they are at and what they are doing."
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