Police warn of increased crime with increase in temperatures

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining and summer finally feels like it is here to stay. But police said with the increase in temperatures, comes an increase in crime.

“They took the screws out and went right in,” said Linda Roberts, a Lafayette resident.

Roberts had to put a new lock on her shed door after somebody broke in this week. What they took came as a relief to Roberts.

“I just found that the gas cans were missing. They found one gas can at one end of the alley and the other at the other end of the alley,” said Roberts.

The gas cans were empty, but now Roberts said her sense of security is running low as well.

“It sure troubles me, because when will they might try to break into the house next?” asked Roberts.

Lafayette police said crimes like this aren’t uncommon during this time of year. Officer Jeff Webb said when the temperatures increase, so do property crimes. These include thefts, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts.

“Some of the key things that we see involving the various property crimes that we investigate typically involve people who keep their cars unlocked, people who aren’t aware of their surroundings, people who don’t employ exterior lighting around their homes, and neighbors who don’t watch out for one another,” said Webb.

Webb said many property crimes can be prevented simply by being more aware.

“All crime in the city of Lafayette, and elsewhere in the nation, is always risk versus reward. If the risk is too high, say, are they going to go to the house that’s all lit up like a Christmas tree or are they going to go to the house that’s completely pitch black with the car doors unlocked?” said Webb.

That’s now a thought that is at the front of Roberts and her neighbors’ minds.

“Everybody in the neighborhood has been watching,” said Roberts.

Webb said the number of property crimes throughout this year compared to last year is actually on the decline. He said if you notice anything or anyone suspicious in your neighborhood don’t hesitate to call the police.

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