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As temperatures rise, so does crime

Posted on August 5th, 2010 No Comments

Houston law enforcement officials argue that for years they have seen a correlation between the rise in the temperature and the rise in crime rates in the area.  For example, in August of 2009 there were 31 murders in Houston.  This past January, there were 19 murders in Houston.  There were also considerably less rapes and robberies in the winter months.

Dr. Luis Salinas, a professor of Sociology at the University of Houston, believes that when temperatures reach above 85 degrees fahrenheit crime rates begin to increase.  “The theory basically says that the heat effects our hormones, our hormone levels and especially testosterone…It starts to make people more aggressive with the heat,” stated Salinas.

However, once temperatures get above a certain point, law enforcement officers believe that crime rates will begin to decrease again.  “We started chasing a suspect and after two blocks he just dropped.  He was dehydrating and we basically saved his life,” said Officer Felipe Gallegos.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, contact the Houston criminal defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.