Too cold for criminals? Crime may have dipped as temps have dropped


Does the cold weather drive crime rates down? Some enforcement officials throughout the Eastside believe it does.

While they had no hard numbers,  the LAPD officers interviewed at the three Eastside stations said it looks like police calls have dropped during Los Angeles’ most recent cold weather spell, which has sent nighttime temperatures dropping down to the low 40s and even upper 30s (those of you from the Midwest and Northeast can go ahead and start snickering now).

“When its cold, people tend to stay in doors, so there is less interaction between potential victims and suspects,” said Lt. Michael Mabie with the Los Angeles Department Rampart Division.

More people shut their windows to keep the cold air out, but it also keeps the burglars out, said Lt. Marla Ciuffetelli with LAPD Hollenbeck Division of the drop in burglaries.

However, it seems the cold weather has not deterred car break-ins or instances of domestic violence. Officers continue to get calls reporting both, said Lt. Gillani with LAPD Northeast Division.

There has also been a spike in the number of catalytic converters stolen from vehicles throughout the Hollenbeck Division. Five have been stolen over the past two weeks, said Ciuffetelli.

“We had a blissfully quiet night and a pretty good past couple of weeks,” said Ciuffetelli said today.  “But people should still make sure to not leave items in their cars and to lock their doors and windows. And to not ignore their dogs barking or motion lights going off.”

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