HOUSTON -- The Houston City Council has extended the city's juvenile curfew ordinance until 2013.
A periodic review of the ordinance found that property crimes by juveniles were up from 2007, but crimes against people were down during the same period of time.
The overall juvenile crime rate remained unchanged.
The city enacted the ordinance in 1991 in response to growing concerns about trends of violent crimes and gang activity involving juveniles and young adults.
The curfew generally applies to anyone under 18 and is in place from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on weekdays. Exceptions are made for teenagers accompanied by parents or guardians, for school and work activities and for emergencies.
The current juvenile curfew ordinance would have expired on May 9, 2010, if the City Council didn't extend it.