Sep 10, 2015 5:33 PM
Somersworth seeks teen curfew to combat vandalism
SOMERSWORTH - As vandalism continues to plague city playgrounds and parks, city officials are hoping to fight back by passing a night time curfew.
“It’s frustrating," said David Sharples, the Director of Planning and Community Development.
Sharples brought NH1 News to the Noble Pines Playground on Thursday, where multiple buildings were spray painted and windows have been smashed.
“That was a couple hundred dollars because someone threw a rock through it," he said.
The city's mayor, Dana Hilliard, has recently proposed a curfew for anyone aged 16 and under. The curfew would keep the teens off public streets from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Hilliard says it's this age bracket that he believes is responsible for the vandalism.
"We have a vast number of juveniles under the age of 16 that are wandering the streets at all hours of the night," Hilliard said. "We’re talking about unsupervised behavior, which is really a recipe for disaster.”
Graffiti has also been found in the downtown area, which is why the curfew would be applied to all public spaces in town.
In order to go into effect the curfew must be approved by a public safety committee, Hilliard said.
In addition to the proposed curfew, the city also approved the installation of new surveillance cameras in park areas.
If the curfew is passed, a first offense will come with a warning. The second will come with a fine.
“I don’t agree with it," said 16-year-old Nate Standish. "If you’re going to get in trouble, you’re going to get in trouble. There’s no curfew stopping it.”