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Weather Doesn't Cool Down Crime

By Meghan Pinkley
By mpinkley@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - An unusual trend is happening in West Tennessee when it comes to our very hot temperatures and crime. Usually when the temperatures spike we see an increase in violent crimes, but that has not been the case during our oppressive heat over the past week. Madison County deputies have instead seen an increase in another kind of crime.

"We've noticed over the last 3 or 4 weeks that there has been an increase in property crimes," said Sheriff David Woolfork, "we're having a rash of burglaries in both the eastern portion and western portion of Madison County."

The daytime burglaries stretch from the Springbrook subdivision to Highway 70 east to the Denmark and Providence communities, even Mercer.

Some residents were surprised to hear this news. "I actually would think it would decrease because of the heat and that criminals would not want to be out in the heat," said Robin Cox.

Deputies do not believe the rash of burglaries have anything to do with the high temperatures. "A couple reasons in my opinion and what we've noticed in the past is sometimes people break in and steal items that are easy to sell. The items they're getting are laptops, power tools, TVs, and iPods. Those kinds of thing can easily be sold on the street," added Sheriff Woolfork.

Officials want people to be aware of their surroundings and if you are buying an electronic from somebody and the deal seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

Tips from the Sheriff:
- record serial numbers
- get familiar with your neighbors, their vehicles, and their work schedules and have them do the same for you
- establish a neighborhood watch program for your neighborhood
- watch out for each other when you are away from home
-if you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood contact 911.

Most frequent items taken:
- jewelry
- guns
- televisions
- laptops
- iPads
- Xbox and Playstations
- power tools
- trailers
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