MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile Police said the summer months can be a busy time for the Strickland Youth Center.
Investigators said property crimes committed by teenagers increase during the season.
"It's definitely something we prepare for," said Mobile Police Captain Clay Godwin. "It's just like spring break - you see an uptick in property crimes."
In fact, Sunday, June 2 police were called out to one of their first teen-related incidents.
Authorities said a homeowner along Princess Helen Road caught three 15-year-olds rummaging through her home after police said they forced their way through the back of the house.
After making several trips, police say the trio attempted to make off with several flat screen televisions and gaming systems.
Police said younger suspects tend to go after items that they do not have to pawn, since they are underage.
Investigators told FOX10 only two teens have been arrested so far.
"Without being in school or being able to enforce a curfew, it's a problem with them all being out and not much enforcement action can be taken against them," said Godwin.
"The kids breaking into houses, breaking into cars - there's a lot of it going on in the area that I live in," said mother of 10 Faye Martin.
Martin said she keeps a watchful eye during the summer.
She, along with other parents we spoke with, said they try to keep their children busy.
Authorities said homeowners need to remain vigilant and ask neighbors to watch out for each other.
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