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Cold Keeps Some Crimes Down

Freezing temperatures and snowy sidewalks stopping some criminals in their tracks.
Freezing temperatures and snowy sidewalks are stopping some criminals in their tracks.

"Common sense would indicate that you break into somebody's home we're obviously going to be able to follow some foot prints in the fresh fallen snow ," Sgt. Craig Stout with the Fayetteville Police Department said.

Stout said the number of outdoor suspicious activities, like burglarizing homes and public intoxication may decrease with the degrees.

"As we look further into this, we may find that lot of our vehicle break-ins may be down because of the cold weather even criminals don't want to get out in the cold," he said.

"Statistically speaking most of your home break ins happen between the hours of 8 and 5 because that's whenever everyone is at work with a lot of these snow days, you're going to have a lot more people home, so we may see a reduction in some of those numbers."

But even though police might be making fewer arrests, their workload stays the same.

"You might see a spike in the number of calls that you're going to for disturbances after people have been cooped up together for a few days, some nerves can kind of wear on each other, so you may see a spike in those type of crimes," Sgt. Stout said.

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