LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock police will be stepping up enforcement of a curfew for juveniles 16 and younger after a shocking number of vehicle burglaries in the past year.
Police tell us they have logged as many as 28 burglaries in one night as this group of juveniles, many of them members and friends of the same family, targeted vehicles with firearms in them.
The curfew requires juveniles 16 and younger to be home by 11 p.m. on school nights and midnight on weekends. The curfew runs every night until 6 a.m.
The curfew also requires juveniles to be at home or in school during the day while school is in session to prevent teens loitering around town.
Teenagers with jobs can drive directly home. Teens returning from school functions or riding with family members will not be affected, but parents cannot give juveniles permission to be out alone.
Police say the burglaries have mainly been juveniles searching for guns, with trucks being popular targets, particularly Ford F250 pickups.
Four juveniles were arrested overnight Tuesday with four firearms recovered. Police tell us they catch 80 percent of suspects who run.
Police received reports of approximately 3,500 vehicle burglaries in the Lubbock area in 2018.
Lubbock police provided this official release on Wednesday evening:
Curfew applies to any person 16 years of age or younger.
1. Night time curfew
a. Unlawful to remain at any public place or establishment (business) within the city limits from 11 pm to 6 am Sunday through Thursday. (even during summer vacation) b. On Friday and Saturday nights or the day before a school holiday (or scheduled day off), the hours are from 12:00 midnight till 6 am.
2. Daytime curfew - Any person from six years of age through sixteen years of age, cannot be at any public place or establishment (business) between 9 am and 2:30 pm during a school day.
Exceptions To The Curfew
3. There is no curfew violation if the juvenile is with their parent, legal guardian or authorized adult supervisor.
4. While exercising First Amendment rights at a parade or demonstration (authorized by the City of Lubbock) or other bona fide religious, social or school activities involving the right to assemble.
5. While performing a legitimate errand or other business at the direction of a parent, guardian or supervisory adult including traveling to and from the location by a direct route.
6. Juvenile can be outside (in front of the juveniles home) on the sidewalk or on sidewalk of either next-door neighbor (same side of the street) if the neighbor does not object.
7. When the juvenile is actively engaged in employment activities.
8. Above listed exceptions allows travel to and from the activity by a direct route.
Exceptions To Daytime Curfew
9. The previous exceptions also apply to daytime curfew as well as the following exceptions.
10. Exception allowed during scheduled school vacations or holidays where juvenile is enrolled.
11. Exception given to juveniles who;
a. have graduated from high school
b. received their high school equivalency certificate c. juvenile emancipated by law d. juvenile has received permission from a school official to be absent from school or to be in a public place.
e. If juvenile is home schooled, the parent can give permission for the juvenile to be out in public.
12. Parents, guardians or adult supervisors responsible for juveniles, cannot allow (knowingly or by insufficient control) juveniles to remain in public places or establishments other than for the above listed exceptions. (Both parent and juvenile may receive citation for curfew violation) 13. Knowingly is defined as such that a parent should have reasonably known where the juvenile is at throughout the day.
14. If the parent is careless and neglectful by having no knowledge of the juvenile’s location, then the parent can also be considered in violation of the curfew.