Archive for Thursday, June 4, 2009

Vandalism cost city time, money

June 4, 2009

The weather is great, the grass is green, the flowers are blooming, and as Alice Cooper would sing, “School’s out for summer.” What a wonderful time of the year this should be.

However, it seems that it is inevitable each and every year after school is let out for the summer, we have to deal with some juveniles who have nothing better to do than run around town and cause problems by damaging property belonging to others.

Every year there is a committee of volunteers that spends an entire year planning and preparing for an annual event called, “The Basehor Dairy Days.” Most of their efforts and hard work will not be noticed until the day of the event.

About one month before the event, several wooden cows are placed around our town as a reminder to the citizens that the event is coming soon. Every year, these cow displays are a target of destruction.

Last year, a few of the cow displays were stolen, and now this year, seven of the cow displays were not stolen, but were instead destroyed beyond repair. There is a lot of time and effort put into making these cow displays (estimated cost to be $75 each). This act of vandalism is even more disheartening this year because of the financially difficult times of the current economy.

As parents, we need to know what our children and teenagers are doing and where they are at all times.

When the individuals responsible for this damage are caught, they will be looking at criminal charges for criminal damage to property, vandalism, and trespassing. They will also be required to make restitution for the value of the property damaged.

As always, the police department is asking for help from the citizens. The City of Basehor does have a curfew law, which means there should be no one under the age of 18 out on our streets after 10:30 p.m. during the week and not after 11:30 p.m. on weekends.

So, when you are home in the evening or driving around town, and you see something going on that appears to be illegal or suspicious, please call the police immediately. If we all work together, hopefully we can put an end to these senseless types of crimes.

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