UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV) – Starting Friday night, police are stepping up patrols in the Delmar Loop following an outcry this week from customers and business leaders about badly-behaved teens who’ve reportedly stirred up trouble.
“I think once you've got a whole bunch of kids together, it becomes a little bit of a group mentality where one leads the others and they all cheer that person on,” says business owner Joe Edwards.
Curfew for teens is 9 p.m., and police have been talking to lingering teens and dispersing crowds they come across. Officials are even considering moving the curfew up to 6 p.m. for children under the age of 17 who don’t have an adult with them.
Police will also be using surveillance cameras to monitor the area, and they are ready to write tickets for even minor infractions just to send a message. The goal is to crack down on unruly behavior such as groups of teens getting into fights, hassling customers and even stealing from the tables of sidewalks.
“We want people to come here and enjoy themselves,” says Lehman Walker, University City manager. “But what we do not want is disorderly behavior, and that we will not tolerate.”