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No crime to report. Too cold?

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Today’s daily crime report from Evanston police contains no incidents of crime, leading many to conclude that it can be too cold for crime, despite the lack of conclusive data to prove that.

But crime analysts point out that certain crimes, such as car burglaries, stolen bicycles, and armed robberies, typically occur outdoors, and while some criminals may not mind braving the elements for a little quick cash, their victims are more likely to have chosen to remain inside where it’s warm.

And thieves do not like to leave footprints in the snow before climbing through a window to burglarize a home.

A week-long period with no homicides in New York last January was credited, in part, to temperatures at or below freezing for most days in the city.

An article awhile back in the online news blog, HuffPost, quoted a New York detective with a rather colorful quote about crime and the weather:

“The best cop I met was a female and her name was Mother Nature. The bad weather, the cold weather — there are less people out on the streets so there is less chance of victimization.”

But analyses of murder rates show little decline in that crime when the weather is miserably cold.

At any rate, today’s blotter in Evanston lists no incidents and only these two arrests:

Hafiza Khan, 39, of 6356 N. Fairfield Ave., Chicago, was arrested early yesterday at 2209 Howard St. and charged with retail theft. He is due in court on Feb. 25 at 9 a.m.

And Terry L. Williams, 55, of 1458 Chicago Ave., was arrested at 319 Dempster St. at 12:45 a.m. on Sunday and charged with domestic battery. He is due in court on Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m.

 
Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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