Police Issue Warning About Trespassing at Pools

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- It's officially pool season but this year, police are giving an early warning to those tempted to take a dip without permission.

Overland Park police say in the summer they average five calls a night from owners of private and public pools.

"It's pretty common that we'll get calls at night where kids are in the pool after hours and have either climbed the fence or have found other ways to get inside," said Officer Gary Mason with OPPD. "Most of the time it's just kids trying to have fun but a lot of times it turns to be more than that."

Overland Park police say officers are regularly called to pools where trespassers have gotten in. The damage done is expensive to repair but police say trespassing in closed pools is dangerous as well.

"You've got them in the pool after hours and you never know whats going to happen.  Horseplay and there's a big safety factor from not having any supervision or anything around," Mason said.

Pools are required to have a "no trespassing" sign out front or have a locked fence around the pool. If you choose to ignore those signs, it's a misdemeanor and you could face a fine and up to 48 hours in jail.

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