QUAD CITIES, Iowa. (KWQC) — Police departments in the QCA are dealing with reports of clown sightings and are now addressing concerns.
The scary clown craze is all over the country, and now sightings are popping up around the Quad Cities. Police officers said it’s getting out of control.
Law enforcement is spending their evenings handling calls, saying clowns are scaring and chasing people.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Department confirms there was a clown sighting in the Mount Pleasant area. The sheriff said he doesn’t want residents to be concerned.
The Clinton Police Department has also dealt with multiple clown calls this week. Now the department has turned to social media, asking residents not to dress up until Halloween.
It is not illegal to dress up in a costume or wear a mask in the state of Iowa, but the Davenport Police Department turned to social media to remind you that trespassing, scaring and intimidating others can get you in trouble.
Sergeant Dennis Colclasure, Davenport Police Department, said none of these sighting have caused harm.
“All the calls that we have had, out of all of them, we have not seen any that have been associated with any criminal activity,” said Colclasure.
Officers are hoping this hype doesn’t lead to more than just scaring others.
“What we’re concerned about is people taking the opportunity to use this and then commit crime so people should remain aware and we really want people to continue to stay vigilant; be aware of their surroundings,” said Colclasure.
If you have any concerns, police encourage you to call 911. Law enforcement will take all reports seriously.