Pr. George Juvenile curfew data shows mixed results
Crime varies from year to year, according to an analysis of Washington Post data, making it difficult to draw a firm conclusion about whether the curfew worked. It is also unclear what the trend in crime has been over time due to the sample size provided by the department.
Enforcement of Prince George’s juvenile curfew will extend until the end of the year
County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) announced a month-long enforcement of the juvenile curfew for children under 17 on Labor Day after one of the deadliest months in the history of the jurisdiction. This month it extended the curfew until the end of the year. Alsobrooks and County Police Chief Malik Aziz hailed the curfew as a “tool” to tackle rising crime and engage community members.
“This curfew helps our county form a coalition,” Alsobrooks said at an Oct. 11 news conference. “A coalition of friends, family, relatives and neighbors…when it comes to stopping crime, we are a Prince George’s.”
Curfew hours are 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:59 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Murders have fallen from 15 in the hour at this time last year to five this year, according to police data as of Thursday. Two murders took place during curfew this year and three last year. The number of stolen vehicles is up 10% to 423 during all hours compared to last year – 115 were reported during curfew hours during this year’s period, compared to 103 last year.
While curfew violations remained low throughout its enforcement, four minors were caught violating the curfew early Wednesday morning, the police department said. Officers responded to a reported trespassing around 2:40 a.m. in the 9500 block of Muirkirk Road in Laurel. Police arrested a 16-year-old girl, two 12-year-old girls and an 11-year-old boy, all related, coming out of a vacant apartment, according to the department.
The department said the children told officers they stopped at the empty apartment on their way home from a store. Officers escorted them home and a curfew warning letter for the first offense will be sent to their relative, the department said.
Alsobrooks said she would reassess curfew enforcement after the holidays.
John Harden contributed to this report.