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Winter offers a reprieve from some crime in Manchester, statistics show
While there are numerous factors that result in crime — socioeconomics, prevalence of suitable targets, motivation — according to Officer Matthew Barter, of the Crime Analysis Unit, weather does have an effect.
The decrease can be attributed to several reasons, he said. When it’s cold, people are less likely to leave doors and windows open or unlocked and are home more often, which can discourage burglars.
Also, try to imagine running away from a barking, snapping police dog while tromping through a foot of snow while wearing a heavy coat and carrying a television.
“The winter months also create challenges for would-be criminals,” Barter said. “Snow and slippery conditions can make getaway difficult.”
Last month, police found two teens — who they said had sprayed paint on a building — hiding behind a snowbank after tracking their footprints in the snow.
Rising larceny rate
Larcenies, which include all kinds of thefts — from shoplifting items and then returning them for a gift card, selling a stolen item to a pawn shop, stealing from the petty cash drawer — were up in January, compared to last year, but still under the 2012 level.
An increasing driver of crime is drugs.
In Manchester, as in many other cities and towns, the increase in heroin addiction is driving much of the theft/burglary/robbery rate. Heroin may be cheaper than Oxycodone and some other drugs, but it becomes expensive to maintain an addiction that is very hard to break.
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