VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Valdosta's Police Chief was asking parents Thursday to talk to their children about the consequences of committing a crime.
Five juveniles between the ages of 6 and 11 were charged Wednesday with burglarizing a Valdosta home and stealing an XBOX on January 26th.
As such, Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress issued a call to action for all parents Thursday. "What are we doin' as a community?," asked Childress, rhetorically. "It is time for all of us as parents and legal guardians to sit down and take responsibility and talk to our children."
Brandy Fox, the owner of the home that was burglarized, said the juveniles stayed next door and often bothered her children whenever they were playing outside, so she was glad to know that the juveniles were facing charges.
"My kids didn't even wanna come outside and play because of the children and their behavior, walkin' up and down the street callin' 'em ugly names, throwin' stuff at 'em," Fox explained.
WALB knocked on the neighbor's door to try to speak with them, but no one answered.
Fox said she often talks to her children about not committing crimes and respecting other peoples' property. "Definitely," said Fox. "Don't touch nothin' that doesn't belong to you. If it doesn't belong to you, don't touch it."
Chief Childress said the police department was also planning on going to schools and talking about the consequences of committing crimes.
"Here in the next couple of weeks, we're gonna be doin' some type of presentation educatin' these kids on, 'hey, you don't need to be doin' these things. If you do these, it can really mess your future up," Chief Childress said.
He hoped that parents having that same conversation with their kids at home would help prevent any more futures from being messed up.