Valdosta looks into new curfew law to fight rising crime by minors

| August 9, 2017

VALDOSTA – Residents say kids under the age of 17 have been roaming the streets of Valdosta past midnight.

“Some of the kids say I don’t want to talk to you,” says Doug Robinson with Citizens Against Violence. “One even told me ‘it’s none of your business.'”

It’s not the first time the group of men trying to help troubled kids has heard these kinds of comments.

“I’ll say, ‘you should try to make it on home.’ Well, a lot of them don’t go home,” says Eddie Hall, with CAV.

The Valdosta Police Department says it’s no coincidence that crime rises when school is out.

Authorities have seen a spike in vehicle break-ins this summer. A majority of the people who have been charged are minors.

Police say many of the crimes committed by juveniles share similar circumstances, like the time of day. A majority of the break-ins happened between midnight and 5:00 a.m.

VPD Chief Brian Childress says an ordinance is now in the works to combat crimes by teens.The ordinance would enforce a midnight curfew to keep young repeat offenders off the streets.

The punishment for being out after curfew is charges and fines – for parents and guardians.

“I’m tired of law enforcement being inconvenienced by these calls, so it’s time to inconvenience the parents,” says Childress.

He believes it will keep everyone responsible and accountable, even if it’s unfavorable to working and single parents.

“One woman told me, ‘my kid is not violent,’ I said, ‘I never said your kid was violent,'” says Robinson, who tried helping another parent.

“24 hours later, they’re right back there at the same spot doing the same thing. Why?” says Glen Bridges, with CAV.

Concerned citizens and victims of crime put it simply:

“If you don’t want violence to happen, don’t let your kids be out there doing the violence,” says Bridges.

Chief Childress says he hopes to present the ordinance to the mayor and city council in the upcoming weeks.

(WCTV Eyewitness News)

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7 Comments on "Valdosta looks into new curfew law to fight rising crime by minors"

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  1. An Observer says:

    Remember when parents established a curfew and consequences for violating it?

  2. Lisa says:

    I live off park Ave I see kids out running the street all hours2,am. Also my son got chased by 6 kids just the other day going to the store. Kids are doing it and getting away with its

  3. Concerned Citizen says:

    Thank God! I just hope it gets inforced! There are minors left and right were i live out after 12 up to no good!..the curfew needs to be 11pm! Not 12 am.. You give them a inch they will take a mile!

  4. Just saying says:

    Good idea but the punishment should be on the child not the parents or parent. 17 is considered an adult for a male and the 17 year old can’t be forced to stay at home. What happens when the child sneaks out at night the parent is punished? That is Ludacris.

    • Valdosta Citizen says:

      The legal age is 18 in Ga and if a minor sneaks out and gets caught and commits a crime.. the parents that “didn’t know” will be sure to know what there doing With a new curfew law…surprise!