orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

Opinion

July 10, 2011

Summer crime can be cooled off

ORANGE — Boredom and heat indexes are not a good combination for local law agencies.

The duo can sometimes lead to a spike in crime rates as school kids try to find something to do and the heat causes unusual behavior patterns.

Boredom can lead a community's youth to find anything and everything to do. Kids on average do not go outside and play like they used to.

Temperatures in the 100s then trigger mental changes when people do actually go outside.

High heat leads to a strain on the cerebal cortex which can trigger aggression and agitation.

There are ways to prevent this from happening to you.

Take measures, like locking your vehicle and homes, to stop a would-be thief.

Parents can enroll kids in summer activities to give them another option over sitting at home and possibly landing in the back of a police car.

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