COLUMBUS, Ga.- As the summer heats up and students are out of school, police say more teens are committing crimes. According to the Columbus Police Department, 175 burglaries have occurred since the beginning of May.
“It’s the cool thing to do to go burglarize a house or to try and steal a car and drive around all day. Unfortunately the cool thing to do when you get away with it one or two times now becomes habit and we’ve entered into the criminal realm world,” said Sergeant Michael Peyton.
He believes most kids don’t have enough parental supervision.
“The reason is because the kids are out of school and they may not be involved in any summer activities or programs and it may be a product of the people that they are hanging out with who may be predisposed to committing crimes,” said Peyton.
Kelli Rust has four kids and she says all kids need structure.
“If they don’t have something that’s set up for them to do on a regular basis then kids are naturally inclined to go out and seek their own activities and unfortunately with peer pressure these kids aren’t always making the best choices,” said Rust.
She also believes that parents should monitor their kids social media accounts because of negative images.
“It’s a wonderful tool in a lot of ways, but unfortunately there are kids that I’m seeing that are too young to have Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram accounts and they are getting in trouble with it,” said Rust.
Although summer camps and day cares can be expensive, Missy Mcclure from the Boys and Girls Club says they’ll open their doors for anyone.
“We do not turn anyone away for money or lack of money. We will fund scholarships to help families and especially with families with multiple children. So we do offer a lot of program assistance,” said Mcclure.