Vandalism in Grove Park Sparks Curfew Concerns

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

DOTHAN, AL---Someone's been leaving a blue mark in Grove Park.

"Basically when summer time arrives students are out of school and teenagers especially tend to get into some mischievous things," said Dothan Commissioner Taylor Barbaree.

Dothan city commissioner Taylor Barbaree says he's been getting several calls from area residents about vandalism.

"I just want to remind parents to please know where your teenagers are."

The city plays it's part, with a citywide curfew.
Sunday through Thursday it starts at 10 p.m. and at midnight, Friday and Saturday.
This curfew pertains to all juveniles under the age of 17.

Police believe a curfew is needed for a number of reasons.

"This is really very important for not only keeping criminal activity down but for the safety of the children in our city. There are so many things that go on in the late night hours that younger children who are unsupervised really could be in harms way if they were to become involved," said Sgt. Rachel David.

Jackie Dean has lived in grove park for about 10 years and he says residents are taking steps to prevent crime in the area.

"Recently we also put lights out in the park that come on at night to make sure that it's safe for people and to deter people from being out there and doing anything they're not supposed to be doing at night," said Grove Park resident Jackie Dean.

If a teen is stopped after curfew, police say they will either arrest them or contact their parent or guardian.

Barbaree says previous attempts to organize a neighborhood watch program in Grove Park haven't been successful.

So hopefully after this neighbors will consider putting one in place.

Sergeant David says so far police haven't made many arrests or stops involving curfew violations.

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