Waynesboro Sees Increase in Vandalism

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- Vandalism is on the rise each summer and police say it's because kids are out of school.

Police estimated about 15 thousand dollars of taxpayer money will go to fixing the damage by the end of the summer.

Sgt. Brian Edwards with Waynesboro Police said he gets calls about vandalism between three and five times each week.

He said even with added security, vandalism happens way too fast.

"It doesn't take much time. We could come through here at three o clock in the morning, see no vandalism, come back at four am, and there's thousands of dollars worth of vandalism," Sgt. Edwards said.

Several community organizations offer programs to keep kids busy during the summer.

Melissa Orndorff Stephens is the director at the Shenandoah valley Office on Youth.

She said the problem is when budget cuts happen, money for programs to help preventative measures can be the first to go.

"We're giving kids something to look forward to. We're giving kids something that provides them some structured time especially during those hours when mom or dad might be working and outside of the home," she said.

The organization hopes to get two grants worth up to 400 thousand dollars to keep programs like this going, but they won't get the money until October, which would effect next year

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