Wx and the City
Most of us remember the silence on the streets of D.C. and Baltimore during Snowmageddon. Few walked. Few drove. Few ventured outside at all for five days straight. Not only that, there were fewer people out committing violent crimes on the streets.
While cold weather does not always deter crime, several feet of snow within one week did just that. Serious crime dropped 71 percent in Baltimore and D.C.'s homicide rate dropped to zero during the back-to-back snowstorms of early February.
However, the onset of summer means an increase in crime for D.C. Hot temperatures coupled with longer days, summer break from area high schools and a high unemployment rate could increase crime rates this summer.
Keep reading for more about warm weather and crime. Does your neighborhood experience more crime in the summer? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
A positive correlation between warm weather and crime has been known for years, going as far back as the 19th Century, though the relationship eventually tapers off when the temperature becomes too hot. As of May, D.C.'s homicide rate was down 30 percent this year compared to last, but D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier expects repeat offenders will come back with the increase in temperatures and daylight.
The District's summer crime strategy includes an "All Hands on Deck" police initiative that began in May, more programs and jobs for teenagers, better enforcement, community engagement and targeting repeat offenders.
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