Lisa Dutton digs through every nook and cranny in her 11-year-old son's room multiple times a week.


"He understands as long as he lives under our roof we will be searching rooms and checking up on him," said Dutton, an Orlando mother of two.

Dutton's attitude is how a New York state senator wants all parents to act.

Eric Adams represents New York's 20th district, an inner-city area of New York City.

He posted a five-minute tutorial on YouTube this month encouraging parents to search their teenager's rooms for drugs and guns.

"There are no First Ammendment rights in your home," said Adams in the video, where he is shown finding cocaine in a bookcase and a small handgun in a pillow case.

Adams said the goal of the video is to help parents get guns off the streets and keep their children from getting involved in crimes.

In Central Florida, juveniles may be getting involved in more brazen and violent crimes, according to a study done at the University of Central Florida.

The study looked at juvenile crimes in Orange and Osceola Counties from January 1995 through December 2006.

That data pointed out in increase in crimes like burglary, robbery and assaults.

In Orange County, in 2006, 360 juveniles were arrested for assault, 301 were arrested for robbery and 992 were arrested for burglary.

Dr. Ken Adams, a criminal justice professor at UCF who co-authored the research, said that some of the juveniles they looked at were frighteningly dangerous.

"(They were) increasingly brazen, increasingly dangerous, and for whom traditional juvenile justice systems may not be effective," said Adams.

He said the idea of searching teenagers' rooms is not a new one, but parents needs to be aware of the reaction they might get from their children if they decide to do it.

"The child could see this as a violation of his or her privacy, as a lack of trust between the parent and the child," said Adams.

Dutton feels her son does not have privacy in her home and she's not alone.

Parents who responded to the Local 6 Facebook page on this topic admitted to searching rooms, conducting random drug tests and even reading their kids' diaries.

Dutton said it's a way to make sure her son, who has never been in any trouble, stays safe.

"It's much easier for him and his friends, too. There's no peer pressure involved. He can blame us for anything," said Dutton.