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Some crimes drop in winter, others pick up

November 29, 2013

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As temperatures drop, so do calls to Lawrence police.

From 2003 to 2012, the colder months of the year have generated about 1,200 fewer police calls than the 12-month average, Lawrence police say.

“In general we see fewer fights at bar close when it is very cold,” said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman. “We also see fewer incidence of burglaries through windows that are often left open for ventilation in nicer weather.”

While some crimes dip during cold weather, others, like illegal deer hunting, resurface. Lt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said a concern for that office and for the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Recreation Department is annual increases in hunting violations.

Other offenses that tend to occur in winter include thefts of vehicles left unattended and running in tyo warm them, Lewis said. Lewis also noted that year-long offenses like driving under the influence and domestic violence crimes may increase around holidays. “That goes for warm and cold weather holidays,” Lewis said.

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