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Warmer Temperatures, More Crime in the Tri-Cities

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Police say certain crimes like car thefts, car prowls, and vandalism all go up as spring and summer roll in.

On Wednesday, a fire at the playground at Lincoln Elementary led Kennewick Detectives to two eighth graders. Local police say this type of vandalism is typical when young kids get together.

They say that as the summer approaches more kids are getting out of school and that many times they have nothing to do. With nothing to do, they soon cause problems.

Kennewick Police Sergeant Jesse Mill says, "Parents should watch out for their kids and who they are hanging out with. Even kids that aren"t usually involved in criminal activity, they start hanging out in groups and get into trouble."

Mill says that to prevent situations like the one at the Lincoln Playground, police increase manpower in places that people tend to gather. As always, they tell everyone to lock up and secure any valuables.