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Police: 'Peace Rock' still off limits; violators cited for trespass

TILDEN TWP., Pa. - As temperatures soar, Tilden Township police are reminding people that "The Rock," or "Peace Rock," a once-popular swimming area in the Schuylkill River, remains off-limits.

"People think it's their private playground instead of private property," said Chief William McEllroy, Tilden Township Police Department.

For safety reasons, the state-owned land is not open to the public.

Police said they cited eight people for trespassing on Wednesday. So far this year, police have issued more than 30 citations.

Last year, officials began to crack down on trespassers and posted warning signs around the Kernsville Dam Recreation Area. More than 80 people were cited in 2016.

Police said they've exhausted every means to get the word out, including installing more signs, updating maps of the Kernsville Dam Recreation Area, and sending updates on social media.

"You try to do our best to get the word out and people either just don't get it or they don't care and they're going to violate the law anyway," added McEllroy.

The chief added that his department has not yet seen any repeat offenders and hopes the fines will deter them.

"The fine for criminal trespass is up to $300, and then when you include the cost that the state adds on, it's close to $400," McEllroy explained.

More large signs are expected to go up before Memorial Day.


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