Overland Park police dealing with neighborhood pool break-ins - KCTV5

Overland Park police dealing with neighborhood pool break-ins

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

With the weather warming up, one area police department is seeing a spike in neighborhood pool break-ins.

"Kids coming in late and after the pools close. We'll see 10 to 20 kids sometimes after hours," Bruce Bentemen, volunteer pool manager at Brookwood Pool.

It's a problem Bentemen usually sees as summer gets underway. He said, with the help of security, a pool attendant and other residents, problems seem to lessen as weeks go by and he said communication is key.

"We send out two or three reminders to parents every spring to make sure they know where their kids are and that they're not having parties down at the pool at midnight or one in the morning," he said.

For Overland Park, KS, police, it's the exact opposite. As the temperatures soar, so do the calls for teens drinking, loitering or damaging property at neighborhood and apartment pools.

"They often leave their litter behind with just trash from late night Taco Bell runs or just beer bottles and cans and things like that are hazards to young kids coming in the pool the next day," said Officer Gary Mason.

Police said more homeowners' associations are cracking down on the teens taking advantage, pressing charges in hopes of getting the message out.

In addition to how costly damage can be to fix, it's a liability if someone gets hurt or worse while partying at the pool.

Bentemen hopes the measures they're taking as well as common courtesy will be enough to avoid future problems.

"The kids know this is a great place to come. We really encourage it for the most part, but we also want them to be respectful of their neighbors and of the property," he said.

Officials said pool trespassing is a problem across all of Johnson County.

Police offer the reminder that jumping the fence of a closed pool is illegal and criminal trespass carries with it potential legal ramifications.

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