Crime rate heating up? Experts say yes

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Winter is finally loosening its grip and the temperatures are warming up, but that’s not the only thing increasing – crime rates could also see an upswing.

2 NEWS learned not only will crime increase, but the types of crimes we see during warmer months change, some can even be avoided.

Wright State professor Mike Norris says robbery and rape are the top two crimes that see an increase when temperatures go up.

People may leave their garages open, or leave things like a bike or lawn mower outside – leading to crimes of opportunity.
Norris says homicides tend to go up in the summer, specifically on weekends because a lot of those cases involve alcohol or substance abuse.

If you don’t want to be a victim of spring and summer crimes, this is what you should know.

“Besides not making your neighbors mad and not advertising vacation plans on social media, make sure you stop your newspapers and mail so they don’t pile up in your driveway. Make sure your shrubbery hasn’t gotten out of hand” said Mike Norris, Wright State University director of crime and justice studies.

Another interesting tip he says is corner homes are more likely to be burglarized because fewer people can see the crime taking place. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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