LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - When the temperature rises, so does the number of crimes.
According to the Lafayette Police Department, the department tends to see a slight rise in the number of violent and property crimes when it gets warmer out.
A majority of those crimes: robberies and thefts.
"Our biggest problem is theft of property. If property is secured, there's less chance of it being stolen," said Steve Hawthorne, Crime Analyst for Lafayette police.
"So lock your property up, lock your vehicles. We have so many thefts out of vehicles because people leave their windows down, leave their cars unlocked and and they leave their property in the open visibly," said Hawthorne.
However for West Lafayette, not having students around during the summer drastically reduces the number of incidents they see.
"We have fewer calls for service in the summer time than during the school year," said Captain Gary Sparger of West Lafayette police. "So we spend our time in the summer doing different things like community outreach types of stuff, where we're actually able to get out and patrol the ball parks and the city parks," said Sparger.
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