(WQOW)- New data shows Wisconsin is having trouble keeping kids out of trouble.
In fact, the Badger State ranks third-highest in the country in total juvenile arrests.
That’s according to Frontpoint, a home-security blog. It reports in 2017, more than 1,100 juveniles were arrested in Wisconsin for theft-related crimes.
Altoona Police Officer Tim Peterson said he’s noticed a lot of juveniles get into trouble for vandalism, vaping, graffiti and trying to steal from unlocked cars.
Peterson said there’s often an uptick in these crimes during the summer months, when school is not in session.
He said law enforcement can use communication to curb these cases, and that’s his plan as the school resource officer for the Altoona School District.
“I hope to integrate education with the students of the consequences and what they’re actually doing, their actions are actually doing to the community,” Peterson said. “Just to have a positive police presence with the juveniles.”
Peterson said in the future he hopes to have more outreach programs with juveniles to help them stay on the right track.