Neighbors Asked To Watch For School Vandals

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, July 4, 2006

If you live near a school, Sacramento City School District police are asking that you keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. Vince Matranga – chief of the district’s police department – says they see all kinds of vandalism, burglary and arson this time of year.

"Particularly kids getting up on the roofs, setting off fireworks and sometimes kids will even break windows and throw fireworks in the classrooms or offices so we really need our neighbors help." 

He says cleanup costs from the damage caused by vandals range from $15,000 to $20,000. But so far, it’s been a relatively trouble-free summer. 

"We’ve had a few minor incidents. Actually this summer we’ve gotten off to a great start and I attribute a lot of that to our neighbors calling in when they see something going on at the school." 

Matranga says if you see people on school property with matches, fireworks or committing acts of vandalism, call city police or the sheriff’s department.