The problem of teenagers and stolen cars in Pinellas County has been an ongoing issue for years. Now, the community is looking at new ways to combat the issue.
Representative Charlie Crist brought community leaders together to showcase extra-curricular activities that are available in the area to help keep teens off the street. Most people associate extra-curricular activities with sports, Crist wants families to start thinking beyond.
“A lot of young kids play sports, but not all of them do,” said Crist. “This is an opportunity to share how many more things that we have available to our young people so they can have a productive future, and a better life.”
Shanna Baker has a 10-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter. She brought both of them to Saturday’s expo.
“I’m seeing some growth,” said Baker. “My son is in Sigma Beta Fraternity and he’s being positing and inviting his friends to be a part of it.”
Authorities say they have seen a reduction in the number of car thefts recently. In August of last year, St. Petersburg Police saw a 44% decrease in vehicle thefts compared to the same time last year.
Community members think that by publicizing these programs they can see that number drop even further.