Massena Looks To Curb Crime With Curfew


Christina Smutz likes to take her two young children to Massena's parks.

What she doesn't like is the vandalism and graffiti found scattered throughout the playground.

That's why she hopes a nightly curfew that goes into effect next week will help cut down on juvenile crime.

"Kids that age have no business being out on the streets and hopefully it works," said Smutz.
For the first time in more than 20 years, a revised curfew law will begin being enforced by police starting May 1.

The curfew requires anyone 15 years of age or younger to be off village streets from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day of the week.

There are exemptions for community functions and school or religious reasons.

"The chance of them doing criminal mischief and those other mischief type things that occur overnight should be reduced. It's also going to keep kids safe. It's going to get them off the street when we're seeing a spike and increase in the other criminal activity that's going on in our community," said Massena Police Chief Timmy Currier.                                  
The revised curfew law also addresses parental responsibility and provides parents with a tool to help better supervise their kids.

"We have to make parents more accountable to know where their children are," said Massena Mayor Jim Hidy.
Repeated curfew violators could face 20 hours of community service, while parents of juvenile offenders would face a $50 fine for the first offense; $100 for the second and $250 for the third offense.

A 15 day jail sentence could also be imposed for the fourth or subsequent violation.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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