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Metro police cracking down on kids breaking curfew rules

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Summer break is a perfect time to be a kid: no school, warm weather and lots of fun activities to do. But when the sun goes down, that's often when the trouble starts.

Nashville's curfew for juveniles has been in place for years, but Metro police are now cracking down and even taking some offenders to jail.

The rule is that everyone under 18 years old must be indoors by midnight. Typically, in the past, officers would issue a citation and make the kid go home. But that practice is changing after a recent spike in crimes involving juveniles.

"We're trying to get the point across, the message across, to the juveniles and adults that it's not going to be tolerated," said Metro police Cmdr. Sebastion Gourdin.

The north precinct has designated certain officers to specifically look for kids who are breaking the rules, and in Madison, curfew arrests are up 143 percent.

"It's a big number, because that's what we've been focusing on," Gourdin said.

Police say they have seen a spike in crimes involving kids, including street robberies, vehicle thefts, thefts from motor vehicles and larceny.

Officials say it's also a safety concern. They're trying to prevent kids from being victims themselves.

"It's not beyond an adult to actually commit a crime against a juvenile," Gourdin said.

So, police have a request from parents seeing this report: help them help you.

"Keep track of your kids. You need to know where they're at," Gourdin said.

Once school starts up again, the curfew drops back to 11 p.m. Police say if you see a kid or a group of kids outside after the curfew expires, give them a call and they will come out to take care of it.

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