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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Police will be stepping up patrols this weekend to stop a disturbing trend of car vandalism and other crimes caused by groups of juveniles and teens on weekends.

Police and representatives from businesses on North Main Street met Thursday after months of complaints of teens jumping on cars at different businesses, causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

Besides increased patrols, businesses will also start a new policy where juveniles have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Twelve arrests have been made within the past three months on juveniles between ages 12 and 17.

“We're fearful that there's going to be some type of incident where a child gets hurt," said Capt. Gordon Stallings.

Police are also working with school resource officers to reach out to teens at schools.