Vicksburg leaders reinstate juvenile curfew after recent spike in crime


VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) – Right now if you live in Vicksburg your child needs to be inside or with an adult or they could be breaking the law.

A new curfew is in effect for the city after a pair of shootings in the area left two teenagers dead and other crime on the rise.

Those we spoke to born and raised in Vicksburg have always thought of it as a close-knit family community but notice more trouble unfolding at night but its not just the city government, they want to see action from.

For generations, Tim Marshall’s family has called the ‘Key To The South’ their home. But lately, he doesn’t recognize the environment he grew up around.

“I don’t remember it being that bad when I was a teen,” Marshall said. “The 90s weren’t the greatest times in the world but I was never worried about anything happening to me. Riding bikes with buddies and walking to the corner store like we use to do.”

This comes after the city saw a 14-year-old on Bowmar Ave. and an 18-year-old on Abraham Dr. allegedly shot and killed by other teens. These spikes in crime have parents like Tim concerned with what his son might grow up around.

“I’m already worried about leaving him out alone and playing on the play structure on his own,” Marshall added. “Because lord knows if something crazy happens where we live and get caught in the crossfire.”

The new curfew mandates anyone under the age of 18 cannot be out alone between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. unless its a school-related activity, work, or organized youth events. Many support the move but others think there’s more to look at.

“Younger folks in their 20s-30s creating problems, they’re shootings that we hear quite often around here,” John Ferguson told us. “The teenagers aren’t the only ones causing the problem around here.”

People are also calling on parents to step up and be more in their kids’ lives to make sure they’re raised right and know how to stay out of trouble.

“Especially our kids we found out the more we were involved in what they were doing the fewer problems they were able to create,” Ferguson continued. “And when kids get into problems it’s because they don’t have proper supervision or being raised by the TV.”

“We always hang out together and do our own thing,” Marshall said. “And I think that’s a big part of it cause you to teach life lessons as you’re doing your thing with them.”

The curfew will be in effect until Oct. 5. If you see any kids in violation of its guidelines you’re urged to call Vicksburg Police.

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