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06.01.07

Teen Crime Up When School's Out

"If you're out roaming and in trouble eventually we're gonna catch up to you," says Jerome Godfrey, with the Amarillo Police Department "If you're out roaming and in trouble eventually we're gonna catch up to you," says Jerome Godfrey, with the Amarillo Police Department
"My kids are out and about all the time so we call em and check up on 'em," says Tonda Torres "My kids are out and about all the time so we call em and check up on 'em," says Tonda Torres
"If they're not with me they're around an adult or some type of supervision," says Terence Beebe "If they're not with me they're around an adult or some type of supervision," says Terence Beebe

Burglary, vandalism, late night mischief.

When summer rolls around, Amarillo Police see a rise in these types of crimes.

The culprits are teens.

Now that school is out... police are on the look out for kids behaving badly.

"If you're out roaming and in trouble eventually we're gonna catch up to you," says Jerome Godfrey, with the Amarillo Police Department.

That's the message to young law breakers.

Now that summer is here police are bracing for a bump in certain criminal activity.

"We usually have more burglaries or residence more burglaries of automobiles, usually more vandalism type crimes," he says.

Another problem -- curfew violation.

"Curfew is midnight," he says.

And anyone 17 and under needs to follow it.

According to police a lot of times teens find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time when mom and dad aren't around.

That's why some parents we spoke with make sure they're in the know with what their kids are doing.

"My kids are out and about all the time so we call em and check up on 'em," says Tonda Torres.

"If they're not with me they're around an adult or some type of supervision," says Terence Beebe.

"It worries me but i have to have trust in them," says Torres.

"You need to know where they're at, what they're doing, who they're with, those type of things," says Godfrey.

Police say it's also not a bad idea to get your kid involved in a summer activity.

That way they're not bored and they're doing something positive.

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