Parents, do you know where your children are? If not, you might want to check on them.
The city of Westby and village of Coon Valley police departments will be stepping up surveillance of youth and teens roaming the streets after municipal curfew.
In Coon Valley the increased monitoring is being implemented to ward off any further incidents of damage and vandalism at the village park as well as dangerous late night swimming in the Coon Creek swimming hole. According to the park board committee damage has occurred in the restrooms and to picnic tables and benches in the park.
In the city of Westby several incidents of damage at the ball field have been reported this summer, while the park area has remained clear of vandalism ever since the police department installed video cameras allowing officers to monitor activity in and around Davidson Park 24 hours a day.
The Coon Valley Village Board said they would be looking into cost associated with installing surveillance cameras in the park if the needless acts of vandalism did not subside.
With summer recreation activities winding to a close police departments in all surrounding communities are well aware that the number of extra youth and young adults wondering the streets later into the evenings will increase.
Westby Police Chief David Jefson said parents should keep a close eye on their children to make sure they are not getting involved in activities they normally would not participate in, but get caught in by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“Kids get bored and when that happens the crime statistics go up. August is always a tough month before kids get back into a routine when school starts in September,” Jefson said.
Residents are reminded to lock the doors to their homes and garages and to take keys out of their vehicles and lock the car and truck doors. Kids are reminded to not leave their bicycles unattended and they should not be left out in the open overnight.
“Remove the temptation and you remove the chance of you becoming a victim,” Coon Valley Police Chief Jay Engelhart said.
The curfew for the city of Westby is 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. (7 days a week) for 16 years of age and under as well as for any teen under the age of 18 whose driver’s license has been revoke or suspended. The curfew in the village of Coon Valley is 10 p.m. for ages 18 and under. Both communities have exceptions listed within their ordinances. To obtain a copy of the municipal ordinance contact Westby City Hall at (608) 634-3214 or Coon Valley Village Office at (608) 452-3168.