With Everyone on Edge, Kids Pranking Their Neighbors May be Putting Themselves at Risk


We have blurred his face due to him being a minor.

By: Dennis Wholey

“It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?”

I remember seeing this public service announcement playing on local TV stations across the country back in the 70s and 80s. Providing a not so subtle reminder that parents should make sure their children are safe and not at risk.

Maybe it’s time to bring it back?

Last night around 10:30 p.m., a trio of teenagers ran through one Coral Springs neighborhood, ringing doorbells and running away.

Ding-Dong-Dash they call it. This type of prank has probably been going on ever since the invention of the doorbell. Annoying behavior, but harmless.

Except in today’s world.

Kids usually don’t think in these terms, but they may be unknowingly putting themselves at risk.

With all the recent doorbell and security cam videos of home invasions and people checking for unlocked cars, many of us are a bit more concerned and “on-alert” these days.

One homeowner shared his video on the ring network that said that he “chased the kids but couldn’t catch them.”

Another came out with her large dog as one teenager ran within two feet of her, and she had to hold back her dog.

And not being sure of their intent, Coral Springs Police were called, and a patrol car was dispatched. Resources that, for a time, were unavailable for any more serious issue.

And then there’s the Covid-19 risk. This virus can live on hard surfaces for days. And going from door to door this way, they may be helping to spread the virus to themselves, their family, and others.

So, kids will be kids, and they do get bored. But perhaps talk to your kids and remind them of the possible risks to themselves and others.

Dennis Wholey is a Coral Springs resident and has lived in the Windings area for 15 years. 
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