DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – 2 NEWS was asking questions Tuesday night, after what seems like a violent holiday weekend in the Miami Valley.
The deadly officer-involved shooting and Urbana homicide aren’t the end of it.
Two co-workers were killed in a murder-suicide after an argument on the 4200 block of Elmshaven Drive in Riverside.
A short time later, two people were shot on Miller Lane outside a Hooters restaurant in Butler Township.
And in Dayton, a man was stabbed 3 times on Darst Avenue.
So what’s behind the trend in violence?
Officials told 2 NEWS it could be the weather .
Officials we spoke with said as the temperature rises so does crime around the Miami Valley.
Following the murder-suicide, the Riverside Police Department said it anticipates heightened crime as summer begins.
“Every summer it picks up that’s just how it is. People are out, garages are open and thieves are casing places and you know the recent– major influx of all the heroin and those issues it just causes crime to soar. I think it’s going to busy for everybody this summer,” said Detective Sergeant Jeremy Trego.
Centerville’s Officer John Davis works with the Miami Valley Crime Association and agreed that summer can be tough.
Rather than violent crimes, his jurisdiction sees increased break-ins, vandalism and alcohol involved crimes, especially around summer holidays like the most recent Memorial Day.
The department is looking at the trouble spots and how to keep residents safe.
“Well one of the things that we do is we’re constantly analyzing the crimes that are occurring and were trying to look pattern in areas that we’re having problems and we try to adjust our patrols accordingly so there is a method to our madness but we can’t always predict everything,” said Davis.
Many officials are urging people to speak up when something doesn’t look right.
They’re also advising property and car owners to lock their personal belongings and keep them out of sight, especially in the daylight when most burglaries occur.