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Trespassing Now Leading Offense in Wildwood

Based on current Wildwood police reports, the number of citations issued for trespassing is on the rise and making a splash. Some larcenies resulted along with the trespassing. And don't total the car if you're going to steal it.

Trespassing on property, particularly in the city's parks, appears to have been an increasing problem this month, based on reports from .

Wildwood Police Capt. Kenneth Williams said a pattern arose when residents tried to use or hide in the parks after dark. Closing times for Wildwood's parks typically is a half-hour after sunset. Authorities said the parks have on-site warning signs.

Police said after some destruction of property recently occurred, patrols around the city's park ramped up.

  • On Aug. 4, two people were caught trespassing in .
  • Also on Aug. 4, two people were issued summons for trespassing at 1 a.m. in the swimming pool at Pierside and Waterside in Lake Chesterfield subdivision.
  • On Aug. 9, two teens were issued summons for trespassing at the .
  • Also on Aug. 9, three 17-year-olds were caught trespassing on Rock Hollow Trail Corridor, commonly known as Zombie Road
  • On Aug. 12, three adults were issued summons for trespassing in Anniversary Park.

As reported in Eureka-Wildwood Patch on Nov. 8, 2010, a new after-hours policy was established to dissuade people from going on Rock Hollow Trail after dark. The consequence for being caught trespassing on Zombie Road can be a fine of up to $1,000 or a year in jail if a person is found guilty of violating Wildwood's municipal ordinance, said Williams.

In addition to these incidences of trespassing, a wood carving worth $500 was stolen from , located at 16957 Manchester Road sometime between 5 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 8 a.m. Aug. 7.

On a different crime note, a 15-year-old unlicensed male snuck out of his mother's home on Valley Road in Wildwood on Aug. 9, taking her vehicle. He then wrecked and totaled the car.

Charyl August 15, 2012 at 10:20 PM
I had serious water damage done to my house on Sunday, August 12 by vandals. I called Wildwood police. They sent anofficer to my house who acted like it was "no big deal." No police report or anything. Just told me to take my hose in at night. I guess they just don't care about the citizens property, only the cities.
Julie Brown Patton August 15, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Sorry to hear about your damage, Charyl. Your mention about taking in hoses at night is a good reminder to all of us. Thanks for sharing that.
Heather Frayer August 16, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I just don't know why they can't let people ghost hunt on the trail after dark. I am sure that there are hundreds of people9 respectable paranoraml investigators (like myself) willing to pay a fee (without the attending ticket on their record for trespassing) to be able to hunt there. They are sitting on a gold mine and don't even know it.
Julie Brown Patton August 16, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Heather Frayer, please see the former Patch story I hyperlinked with this article. It goes into the fee structures and required parameters for organized, after-hour tours of Zombie Road. http://eureka-wildwood.patch.com/articles/new-after-hours-policy-instituted-for-wildwood-site-that-attracts-paranormal-enthusiasts
Greg Myers August 16, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Trespassing is both illegal and very dangerous. It disappoints me to see other paarnormal groups and paranormally interested individuals do this ... when they get caught it gives everyone associated with the paranormal a bad name. I worked a bit with the Wildwood Parks Director back in 2012 when they wanted to develop a permissible after hours policy so that various groups could access the area at night for various reasons. We at Paranormal Task Force endorsed such and even provided some input including utilization of a Waiver of Liability form as well. The forms and process are on the Wildwood City Site ... I also believe there is another fee for a off duty police officer or park ranger to accompany and escort the group. This is for the safety of those going after hours and for the liability of all parties involved. Here is a link to the after hours access policy: http://www.cityofwildwood.com/egov/docs/1279145584_600555.pdf We also have some information on our website about Zombie Road at www.zombieroad.com More information on our organization, Paranormal Task Force (PTF) can be found: Website: www.paranormaltaskforce.com On FaceBook at: www.facebook.com/PTF.PTF On Twitter: @ Para_Task_Force

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