Is crime less with snow on the ground?
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December 24th, 2008 08:51 AM
It doesnt seem to be the case around here. We dont get much snow, but had 1/2" or so one night last week when the village idiot decided it would be a good idea to set his neighbors house on fire. The local cops didnt even need the dog to track the guy home.
December 24th, 2008 08:57 AM
Goin back to my college days studying criminology,
Violent crime tends to peak during the summer months, because heat tends to make people irritable, and a lot more people are side, hence more interaction and whatnot. When it's cold violent crime tends to decrease according to most studies.
IIRC there is something along the lines of "seasonal depression" as well, with most people being afflicted during the times around the holidays.
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December 24th, 2008 09:16 AM
I think in any extreme weather condition crime would drop. I remember hearing in the summer time when crime would drop because it's so hot.
Originally Posted by ExactlyMyPoint
December 24th, 2008 09:23 AM
It will be interesting to see the stats when they come out, as to whether this year's seasonality of lower "winter" crime was moderated in part by the crappy economy's higher crime. Wouldn't be surprising. I'm sure Don Kates'll give it a whirl, at some point.
I'm sure it comes down to human nature and simple economics, like anything else. Imagine a criminal in need of $500 cash for a drug fix, or grandma in dire need of a refill on her glycerine tablets. If you need it bad, you go and get it despite the weather or other hurdles. If you only mildly need it, then nasty weather or other problems likely play a larger role in determining whether to postpone the "trip."
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December 24th, 2008 12:28 PM
I believe it! Crime goes down in bad weather, but it also seems to bring out the nuts. Whenever there is a change in weather, I can count on someting nutty happening.
Originally Posted by coffeecup
December 24th, 2008 06:17 PM
I was talking to a local LEO the other day and he said that they were actually busier with domestics and suicides. People couped up with their families during the holidays, someone is bound to go crazy.
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