The Effingham Police Department has issued a statement on stories that have been circulating regarding “clown sightings.” No arrests have been made in Effingham stemming from any person wearing a clown costume. However, police say it is a criminal offence to commit “any act with the intent to cause any person or persons undue alarm,” while dressed as a clown. As always, residents are encouraged to report any suspicious behavior to the Effingham Police Department at 217-347-0774. The Full Statement is below.
In the past few days, there have been many stories about “clown sightings” in and around the nation. In the City of Effingham, there have been zero arrests stemming from any person wearing a clown costume.
Participating in this nationwide fad by dressing up as a clown and committing any act with the intent to cause any person or persons undue alarm, is a criminal offense. The Effingham Police Department will take appropriate and necessary enforcement action to uphold the law if reports of persons dressing up as clowns with the intent to alarm and disturb are received.
Any suspicious activity can be reported by calling the Effingham City Police Department at 217-347-0774 or your local Law Enforcement Agency. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Fall Season.