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What kind of juvenile crimes increase in the summer?

It shouldn't be surprising that crime among juveniles increases during the summer. As one Columbia County, Georgia, judge notes, kids are out of school, often unattended by parents or other adults, and frequently bored.

Many juvenile arrests involve alcohol. As the judge explains, arrests for underage drinking increase during the summer months "because if you have alcohol in your house…and children are home….[T]heir friends will talk them into trying alcohol."

A number of juvenile summer crimes involve kids going onto or inside other people's property without permission. Trespassing and burglary are two examples of common juvenile crimes.

So what are working parents to do when their kids are on summer vacation to keep them out of trouble? The judge encourages making sure that your kids have planned activities to keep them busy. If they're not yet old enough to work, enrolling them in camp or a local summer program is a good idea.

If your kids are on their own, he says, require them to check in with you multiple times a day. You can set regular check-in times when they have to call you and even send a photo of where they are. There are also apps that let you keep track of where your kids are.

Kids with time on their hands and friends who may encourage bad behavior can find themselves in legal trouble -- subject to fines and even time behind bars. If your child ends up in this situation, it's essential to take it seriously. A juvenile criminal record can impact a young person's ability to get into college, qualify for a scholarship and even get a summer job next year. It's wise to consult a Georgia attorney with experience handling juvenile cases.

Source: WJBF Channel 6, "Judge Sees More Juvenile Crime Spike During Summer Months," Courtney Elledge, accessed July 31, 2017

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