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.