Police say curfew enforcements save lives

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- While the kids are out of school, they'll have more time on their hands to hang out, but police want them to know they will be out in force, enforcing curfews to keep kids safe.

Teens may not like it, but police said curfews can be a lifesaver.

"We don't want them out late because we don't want them to be a victim of a crime. It's important to keep them safe,” said Officer Tracey Breeden with Glendale police.

In many Valley cities, teens are not allowed to be hanging out in public places past 10 p.m. if they are 15 and under, or past midnight if they are 16 and 17.

"There are a lot of things that don't need to be going on after 10 or midnight,” said Officer Breeden. “There's no reason for them to be out."

"They may just be hanging out at a park or something. We don't want our teenagers to be doing that because they could ultimately become a victim of a crime,” said Sgt. Steve Martos with Phoenix police.

"There are crazy people out there, and after dark that's when they come out,” said Elias Garcia, a teen.

Last week's shooting at a park at 106th Avenue and Camelback was a wake up call for Omar Rubio and his friends even though it happened before 10 p.m.

'It was just very unexpected," said Rubio.

So they've been using the buddy system at their hangout spot, and make sure they're home at a decent hour.

"Being with my friends helped me feel more safe, especially seeing the cops here, and it made me feel more confident that everything would be okay," said Rubio.

Police said they'll be patrolling all throughout the summer and enforcing curfews because at times curfew violations can double during the summer, compared to during the school year.

Police want to remind teens that 4th of July will be no exception.The same curfew rules apply, but if kids are going to parent-approved parties, they just need to go straight home afterwards and there should be no issues if they aren’t loitering.

If teens are cited for curfew violation, they could get slapped with a fine or court ordered community service.