A “proactive” effort in August to reduce
teen loitering at Chandler Fashion Center
seems to be working, according to Chandler
Police issued approximately 130 citations to
teens for curfew violations on three
successive Fridays in August, causing an
uproar among frustrated teens and some of
“Since then, we really haven’t had large
masses of kids hanging out there,” said Det.
Livi Kacic of the Chandler Police Public
Curfew enforcement at the mall is now in
what Kacic called “the monitoring phase.”
Curfew violators still will be cited but the
Police Department is not sending special
patrols to break up groups of loitering
youths, she said.
Mall operators had asked Chandler police for
help in controlling late-night teenagers,
many of whom congregate outside the mall’s
Harkins movie theater.
Ticketed teens were held in a vacant
restaurant until their parents arrived.
Teens were scheduled to appear in court,
where they faced the possibility of fines up
to $150 or mandatory community service.
Chandler Ordinance Subsection 11-1.1 makes
for any minor under the age of sixteen (16)
years to be in, about, or upon any place in
the City away from the property where the
youth resides between the hours of 10:00
p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day.”
Curfew for teens
16-17 years old begins at midnight.
Parents can also be found guilty.
Subsection 11-1.1, it
also is “unlawful for a parent or guardian
of a minor to knowingly permit, or by
insufficient control, allow a minor to
violate subsection 11-1.1.”
Curfew violation is treated as a Class 1
misdemeanor and “designated an incorrigible
offense for minors under the jurisdiction of
the juvenile court.”
The Chandler law makes exceptions for
emergencies and teens “going to or
returning home from an employment activity
without any detour or stop by the most
Signs were posted in the mall, and police
say they warned as the curfew approached.
The Chandler Mayor's Youth
Commission is considering possible
alternatives to late-night teen loitering
outside Chandler Fashion Center. Its
recommendations are expected next month.