In response to a string of break-ins over the past several weeks, the Gaffney Police Department is reminding residents of a curfew in place over the Summer months.
According to the Gaffney Police Department, several cars and businesses in the city have been targeted by thieves over the past few weeks.
Police say the break-ins have spiked since school let out for the Summer. In response, the Gaffney Police Department took to social media to offer a stern reminder: from June to August, kids under the age of 17 aren’t allowed to be out in the city after midnight without a parent of guardian.
“If you don’t teenagers wandering the streets this late at night, you’re going to have less vandalism, less kids getting into trouble,” said Dolores Dickison, who lives in Gaffney.
However, there are exceptions for emergencies, kids who are at work or returning straight home from work, and kids who are on an errand for a parent or guardian and have a note to prove it.
“A lot of these kids out here…some of them going to get in trouble. Some of them ain’t. But at the same time, I think they need to be in the house,” said Gaffney resident Cedric Smith.
On the first offense, the child and their guardian will receive a warning. For offenses after that, the kids will be referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice for prosecution. Anyone else, such as a parent, can be fined up to $250, plus costs or assessments. The Police Department says the fine is about $500 for each infraction after an initial warning.
“Just because you put it out there dosen’t mean everybody going to listen,” Smith said. “Everybody ain’t going to listen until you crack down on it.”
Another reason for the curfew is to keep the kids safe as well.