Village of Balsam Lake, WI
Polk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Balsam Lake 11-5-1990 as §§ 9.07 and 9.20 of the 1990 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Peace and good order — See Ch. 240.
Streets, sidewalks and public places — See Ch. 268.

§ 200-1 Loitering or prowling prohibited; determination thereof.

No person shall loiter or prowl in a place, at a time or in a manner not usual for law-abiding individuals under circumstances that warrant alarm for the safety of persons or property in the vicinity. Among the circumstances which may be considered in determining whether such alarm is warranted is the fact that the person takes flight upon appearance of a police or peace officer, refuses to identify himself or manifestly endeavors to conceal himself or any object.

§ 200-2 Opportunity to dispel alarm.

Unless flight by the person or other circumstances make it impracticable, a police or peace officer shall, prior to any arrest for an offense under § 200-1, afford the person an opportunity to dispel any alarm which would otherwise be warranted by requesting him to identify himself and explain his presence and conduct. No person shall be convicted of an offense under § 200-1 if the police or peace officer did not comply with the preceding sentence or if it appears at trial that the explanation given by the person was true and if believed by the police or peace officer at the time would have dispelled the alarm.

§ 200-3 Obstruction of highway by loitering.

No person shall obstruct any street, bridge, sidewalk or crossing by lounging or loitering in or upon the same after being requested to move on by any police officer.

§ 200-4 Obstruction of traffic by loitering.

No person shall loaf or loiter in groups or crowds upon the public streets, alleys, sidewalks, street crossings or bridges or in any other public places within the Village in such manner as to prevent, interfere with or obstruct the ordinary free use of such public streets, sidewalks, street crossings and bridges or other public places by persons passing along and over the same.

§ 200-5 Loitering after being requested to leave. [1]

No person shall loaf or loiter in groups or crowds upon the public streets, sidewalks or adjacent doorways or entrances, street crossings or bridges or in any other public place or on any private premises without invitation from the owner or occupant after being requested to move by any police officer or by any person in authority at such place.
[1]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 200-6 Loitering in public places. [1]

No person shall loiter, lounge, or loaf in or about any depot, theater, restaurant, store, public sidewalk, public parking lot or other place of assembly or public use after being requested to move; a person must immediately comply with such request by leaving the premises or area thereof at the time of the request.
[1]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 200-7 Violations and penalties.

Except as otherwise provided, any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as provided in Chapter 1, § 1-4, of this Code.