Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Warmer winters linked to higher crime rates, study finds


Erin Durkin in New York
Tue 13 Nov 2018 16.23 EST

Warmer winters are linked to increased crime rates in parts of the United States, a new study has found.

Researchers found that violent crime is almost always more prevalent when temperatures are warmer in the winter months. The trend was especially strong when winters were mild in regions that usually have fierce winters, like the north-east and midwest.


The explanation is simple enough: warmer temperatures mean more people are out and about, creating the opportunity for crime.


The link between warmer temperatures and crime all but disappears during the summer months, the study found.


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