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March 4, 2014

Dip in arrests attributed to the cold weather

CLINTON — With Clinton seeing a significant decrease in temperature this winter, Clinton police are seeing a decline in arrests as well

“If it’s a mild or normal winter, like we had last year, we see a little decrease, but not that much,” Clinton Police Capt. James Klaes said. “This winter is different because it’s so long and so cold.”

Viewing arrest statistics from December 2012 until this January, Klaes said there has definitely been a decrease in arrests this winter. Last winter, police saw 102 arrests for 135 charges in December 2012 and 115 arrests for 194 charges in January 2013. Klaes compared that to this winter, which had 55 arrests for 66 charges in December 2013 and 54 arrests for 66 charges in January.

“So the cold has definitely kept the people in and kept the arrests down,” Klaes said. “Because the people are just not outside.”

Klaes has not seen any type of arrest increasing this winter compared with last. Domestic assault arrests have remained steady, with four in December 2012, eight in January 2013, six in December 2013 and five in January. Similar arrest numbers were found in the summer months as well.

For Klaes, the biggest dip in arrests this winter when compared with the summer months was in public intoxication. Police made 24 arrests in June 2013, 25 in July and 26 in August. This is compared to eight public intoxication arrests in December and 10 in January.

“People are still going out, they’re just realizing in this weather they’re either going home or they’re not drinking as much,” Klaes said. “Hopefully it’s both.”

While there have been less arrests this winter, Klaes said this does not necessarily mean crime has decreased that much. He pointed out that in the winter, people do not always notice if a lawnmower or similar item goes missing. He expects that when the weather warms up, the police station could receive more reports of thefts.

“We have no idea of everything that has happened because people don’t realize... that something has been taken,” Klaes said.

Klaes encourages people to be more diligent and aware of whether their summer items really are where they believe them to be.



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