As Temperatures Rise, So Does Criminal Activity
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Unfortunately, no town is safe from bad people making bad decisions. When those people target unlocked cars or homes, it can result in big losses. As temperatures begin to rise, criminal activity tends to climb with them and authorities want folks to be more alert as we move into the warmer months.
In the heat of the moment thieves prey on ordinary citizens.
Sergeant Jim Creasy with the Grand Junction Police Department, said, "Crooks that break-in to cars or houses, they're not immune to cold weather. So it's going to be a lot easier for them to be out now when the lows aren't below zero."
This month two unknown suspects broke into cars at Colorado Mesa Universities parking garage, making away with various electronics.
"Don't leave laptops or small electronics out where it's visible. Those are usually the biggest targets and the easiest targets," said Creasy.
No matter how safe you feel, locking your doors and being aware of your surroundings is critical.
"It's not normal for young people to be out walking at midnight, 1 o'clock in the morning, just walking through neighborhoods. That's a good time to call us in, have us go check and see what they're doing. Because there's not a lot of good things young people can be doing after midnight," Creasy said.
Ken Pedersen helps keep people secure no matter what the season. In addition to the warmer months, he sees thefts occur most during rough economic times.
"We know that we will see, from a statistical standpoint, activity will be up," said Creasy.
If folks want to keep their blood from boiling this summer, be alert, be aware and lock it up.
There are a lot of lock options available for homes. People can head to Simmons Lock and Key on Second Street to learn about the best options.