Late night mischief prompts RCMP reminder to parents

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Teens egg house and play doorbell pranks in Erin Ridge

Late-night mischief has prompted RCMP to remind parents to find ways to keep their youth busy during the summer holidays, as their boredom can often lead to night-time shenanigans.

RCMP received a report that, around half past midnight on July 30, five boys between the ages of 16 and 17 threw eggs at a house in Erin Ridge, rang the doorbell and ran away. The homeowner woke up but found no one outside.

The doorbell was rung twice more in half-hour increments.

“Nicky Nicky Nine Doors,” as some people call this prank, is not a harmless stunt to most people, said Cpl. Laurel Kading in a release.

"It actually makes most people feel very vulnerable and some residents become scared about being targeted by criminals. This kind of behaviour reflects badly on all youth and can promote a feeling of distrust towards youth in a community."

The teens have been identified and RCMP are working to contact their parents.

Spruce Grove and Stony Plain RCMP issued a similar reminder to parents two weeks ago as officers had received reports of teens spray-painting, setting fires, and tipping mailboxes in the early hours of the morning.

They responded to more than 30 incidents of vandalism and property damage, more than summers past.

In St. Albert there have been several minor thefts, acts of vandalism and mischief – including garbage cans that were set on fire at the St. Albert Skate Park and at the Red Willow Park baseball diamond, estimating $2,000 in damages – have been reported to RCMP since the beginning of July.

However, teens are not necessarily to blame for the recent reports, said Const. M-J Burroughs.

There is no crime wave in St. Albert, she said, but more crimes of opportunity – theft from vehicles, for example – tend to happen in the summer when the weather is nicer and more people spend their time outside.

“I don’t think they mean (to act) maliciously, but kids will find something to keep them busy if they don’t have anything scheduled,” she said.

Keep kids out of trouble

The city’s youth assets worker can help kids and teens write a resume, find resources and get connected with activities and volunteer opportunities.

Call or text Shannon at 780-909-3731 or email her at swilson@stalbert.ca

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