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Police Warn Parents About Abandoned Homes Challenge

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SEAFORD, Del.- If you're a parent in Seaford, you may want to keep a special eye on your child.

Police say they've been informed that a challenge is going around in Seaford that encourages them to stay overnight in abandoned homes. 

But police say this poses extreme safety risks.

"There's a criminal element that comes along with these abandoned houses. Drugs, prostitution and besides the criminal element a lot of these structures are just not safe," said Cpl. Eric Chambers of the Seaford Police Department.

Police say teens have not been found in these abandoned homes, but have reason to believe they could be participating, after they were alerted by multiple parents.

Now, they're checking these homes to make sure kids stay out. 

"It's definitely not worth it. Don't partake in risky behavior," Chambers said. Police say doing so could result in arrest. Though these buildings are abandoned, someone may still own the property and it would be trespassing.

Parents in the area, like Joseph Fletcher, a father of four, says he hopes to see these challenges end.

"It is not normal to put yourself in harm's way. But like I said, with today's kids, it's not the same. I grew up where just hanging out and playing kickball and baseball was cool, that was fun," he said.

Parents are urged to monitor their children and social media accounts as police learn more about the challenge. 

 

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