JOPLIN, MO.--Summer break is here and police say as the temperatures rise so does the number of kids breaking the law.
Joplin Police say there have been 82 vandalism complaints just in the past month.
That number is higher than normal, and police say some of the problems are coming from kids who are out of school.
Annie Clarkson has lived on the north side of Joplin for most of her life and has never been hit like this, and she's not alone.
Clarkson says, " I was first aware when a neighbor across the street some kids took a bird bath and threw it through a glass door."
A rash of vandalism has hit this neighborhood near North Byers Street and it's putting residents on edge.
Clarkson says,"I have two dogs and every time they bark I've been jumping out here hopefully scaring them off before any damage gets done.
This hole is bad enough, and you'd think after $400 worth of repairs, Annie's luck would change for the better. But just two days later, two more windows were broken out costing Annie an extra $1400."
Clarkson says, "The two side windows are gonna be more expensive."
Clarkson says she got a glimpse of one of the culprits .
She says, "I believe these are teenagers who are on foot...they're not driving around in a car..they didn't take anything they just wanted to cause some trouble."
Lieutenant Brian Lewis with the Joplin Police Department says there's a crime spike in the summer months.
Lt. Lewis says, "There are kids that are out of school and that may lead to some increase..generally the summer months are busier for us as a department."
He says the best thing to do is to be on the look out.
Lt. Lewis says, "If they're suspicious call the police department. We can send a patrol unit by to check it out, something Clarkson has already done."
"It's a great neighborhood and we got no room for this kind of monkey business," says Clarkson.
Lieutenant Lewis says kids who commit these crimes will be handled by juvenile authorities and may have to pay back the victim they targeted.