Tuesday, July 8 2014, 10:29 PM CDT
Medford Police Officers Say July Crime Numbers Rise Along with the Temperatures
By Aaron Nilsson/KTVL.comMEDFORD, Ore. -- Medford Police said when temperatures rise, so does crime.
The summer heat means more time outdoors and family fun, but officers said more people outside means more crime, especially in the month of July.
"It makes me grumpy, plus old age," Central Point resident, Fran, said.
Fran said she does not like this heat, even after living in Arizona for many years.
"No, I do not. It makes you sweat all the time. Most older people don’t like the heat," Fran said.
Fran said she uses room-darkening drapes and gets in the pool several times every week to stay cool.
This time of year, other residents may not have a pool or be able to cool off.
When people can't cool off they may not get sleep and become more irritated.
Police also said the warmer weather leads to more drinking, which can cause a spike in domestic assaults.
"Alcohol is involved in majority of domestic violence cases. Any time you have someone drinking more, perhaps just to stay cool, you're gonna have more chance of irritability of fights, confrontations and that type of behavior," Lieutenant Budreau said.
Lieutenant Budreau with Medford Police said July is the highest month for domestic cases.July of 2013 saw 52 cases compared to 39 in June and 28 in August.
Overall, officers said July had the highest number of crimes with 634 cases including rape, burglary, assault and theft.
"You have more people out and about, out of their house, leaving their car, leaving property in car, people drinking more and around more people. Any time you have that activity it opens up for someone to break into your home, get into an assault with someone," Lt. Budreau said.
Bob is another Central Point resident and he said he loves the heat despite the rise in criminal activity.
"It really makes me feel much better. I am one of those people you could call a lizard. Lay on a rock in the sun," Bob said, but he understands heat can affect some people negatively.
"It irritates them. They can't get away from it, unless you sit in front of a cooler and we're not always able to do that," Bob said.
Lt. Budreau also wanted to remind residents not to make it easy for criminals to break in by leaving windows cracked or open while away from home.
Lieutenant Budreau said police do see a point when crime slides as the weather gets too hot or too cold, making it too uncomfortable for potential criminals to even be outside.