Cold Case: Polar Vortex Ushers in Drop in Crime

polar vortex crimeUnless you’ve been living on (relatively temperate) Mars, odds are you’ve noticed that it’s really, really cold out there. What you may not have noticed, however, is the frosty silver lining in the polar vortex: a dip in crime. During the summer months, and with heat in general, there is typically an uptick in crime. This phenomenon could be attributed to any number of factors: more people are out and about and hence more available to be victims, warmer weather has a physiological tie to agitation and aggression, summer months usually mean larger gatherings of people, etc. So naturally, if extreme heat means a rise in crime, then extreme cold must mean a drop. True; but with the weather as extreme as it’s been, the cold is actually acting as an extension of the police force. In Kentucky, for example, escaped inmate Robert Vick turned himself in to police once he realized he had no place to go and with temperatures dipping below 10 degrees. Vick, who was serving a six-year sentence for burglary and criminal

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possession of a forged instrument, escaped from a minimum-security facility wearing only prison-issue khakis, a shirt and coat. “[Turning himself in] was definitely of his own volition,” said Lexington Police Spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts. protonix “It’s cold out there, too cold to run around. I can understand why the suspect would turn himself in.” The escapee was treated for hypothermia and frostbite by the Lexington Fire Department upon his retrieval. Gary, Indiana even diverted its police force to public service in light of the crime drop. Instead of performing standard patrols, officers assisted stranded motorists and checked in on people with medical conditions or no heat. Any resident who called to viagra report a theft or other non-emergency issue would have to wait until weather conditions improved. While crime in general tends to trend low in the cold, it’s not all good news. “When it gets colder, a lot of the crime moves inside,” pills pharmacy online Minnetonka, Minn. Patrol Officer Karen Thoele told the Washington Post. generic cialis “The crooks don’t want to be outside.” Families being cooped up together for too long can lead to a rise in domestic disputes, reported one officer in Ohio, and another in Prince Albert, Canada. Another slightly disconcerting trend is vehicle theft in cold weather. Leaving your car with the engine on for a while so it’s all set when you need to go is necessary in extreme cold, but it’s important to remember to supervise the warm-up time. “When people are warming up vehicles, sometimes their vehicle is not there when they come back out,” said Prince Albert Sgt. Curtis Halcro. The most important thing to remember as the polar vortex blows through your town is to stay indoors, stay warm, and check on those you care about. With a death toll nearing 20, it’s essential to be mindful of those that need special care and attention. Image of Chicago During the Polar Vortex by Edward Stojakovic, Licensed Under Creative Commons

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Erik is BrickHouse Security's copy chief. Hailing from the Midwest (Wisconsin), Erik moved to NYC in 2010, securing a job at BrickHouse shortly thereafter. Outside of work he writes about music, does freelance advertising work, and wastes his life on the internet. Aside from no-brainers like cheese and beer, Erik enjoys music, travel, TV, his cat, and Brooklyn.