Crime And Cold: How Far Have Numbers Dropped? (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose - 21Alive

February 11, 2014 Updated Feb 11, 2014 at 6:42 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- There's no doubt that this past January has been one of the coldest in recent memory.

And that's actually impacting crime rates.

While we've all endured these cold temperatures and snow this January, it seems to be something that's slowing criminals down a bit.

In fact, police administrators say there is a direct correlation between crime and the cold.

The average temperature this January is down more than ten degrees compared to last year.

And overall crime is down 27% January to January.

The department spokesman says one of officers' most frequent calls is for theft from vehicles and that's down considerably because of the cold.

He says criminals need fair weather to go out and commit crimes, and that when the temperatures are this extreme, the opportunity to commit crime is not immediately there, or not taken.

“I think weather has impacted, favorably, crime. And we have to, I think, underscore that twice. It's a reality that speaks clear of what weather has done to impact, favorably, crime,” Officer Michael Joyner says.

Joyner says there are studies that prove that crime increases when the mercury rises.

He says he doesn't know of a study showing a correlation between cold and a decrease in crime, but he says the numbers for the Fort Wayne department speak for themselves.

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