Crime in New York City Isn’t Correlated With Heat


Though conventional wisdom has it that crime rates increase during the summer months, The Wall Street Journal explains that, after reviewing the data, they’ve concluded New Yorkers are “about as likely to be victims of crime in December and October as they are during the hottest of the summer months.” (So now you are justified in being a paranoid neurotic 365 days a year!) While the experts said they couldn’t come up with an explanation for the October crime spike, they had some thoughts about the December jump. Explained criminology professor Jerome McKean: “We always get a little mini bump in December … people sometimes do their Christmas shopping without paying for it.”

Does Crime Rise In Tandem With The Mercury? [WSJ]