Do you believe that unsually high temperatures increases violence?
This past week it seems as though violence has consumed Northwest Arkansas. There has been an unusual amount of crimes taking place, some of them unexplainable.
5NEWS spoke with officials at the Fayetteville Police Department and they said they don't have a logical explanation for these crimes. They did say it could have something to do with the extreme heat making people unstable.
We live in a very safe area but recently crimes have increased. I highly doubt that heat is the cause of increased violence but rather the amount of people moving into the area. Just curious what others think. If you have high heats around you, has violence increased?
Im no expert, but it seems reasonable to me that unseasonably high heat may lead to more crimes. Especially if there is alcohol involved.
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
i do. it makes people more cranky (me!!), it raises your bills, it means that you don't get as much sun (my yard is desperate for mowing and i refuse to go outside to do it, you get less exercise and lose those endorphins if you aren't a gym runner/biker/hiker, people get dehydrated and don't realize it which also affects their health which affects their mood. No doubt in my mind that heat can cause an increase in crime.
It makes sense to me, for many of the reasons that Lillie stated. Heck, just rounding up and loading up all three kids from the pool and to the car in the recent 105 degree temps were enough to inspire sweaty frustrated rage in me.
I also think that in urban/poor/already violence prone areas it makes sense simply because it is too dang hot to be in a stuffy poorly ventilated row home with no air conditioning, so more kids than normal are on the streets seeking air late at night than normal. More time outside at night can easily equal more violence in a place already prone to it.
Have not noticed violence increasing in my area, though would now be curious to see if it did in Philly this past few weeks with our record setting temps.
PS, JOhnny Cash Music festival in Arkansas this week! Go Johnny Cash!
I have heard that heat is correlated with violence, which makes sense for all of the reasons stated above.
Or maybe cold is a violence/crime suppressor. Who wants to leave their house and run amuck when it's freezing out?
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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I def. believe it can increase violence. Weather can totally effect your mood, and extreme weather can probably cause extreme reactions. Uncomfortable and hot....possibly cooped up inside...and can't really escape the heat outside either.
Didn't they used to say that seattle had higher suicide rates and they thought it might be related to the amount of cloudy/rainy/dark days?
Yeah, i definitely think heat = many more people on edge and unhappy. It could take a lot less to set someone off when you feel that way.
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Kim, I've also read that about Ithaca NY. Stressed out college kids, cold and lots of high bridges.
I remember living in seattle when one person was threatening to jump off of a major bridge entering the city. Traffic was held up. People were screaming "Just JUMP!" in their frustration to get out of traffic and to work. The person jumped and lived. Major black eye in the news for the city.
Last edited by Potter75; 08-04-2011 at 10:02 PM.
Hm, Baltimore City crime has decreased because people are staying inside to stay cool. Whether it be Mcdonalds, their homes, or wherever. Of course, the crimes that has decreased are stabbings and shootings---violent crimes.
It is all pretty subjective.