There are many things that are more likely to happen in summer, like sunburns, thunderstorms and backyard barbecues. Unfortunately, certain crimes tend to happen more in summertime as well.
Below, we examine some types of criminal offenses that increase during the summer. We also explain possible reasons for the increase and what you can do if you or a loved one is among those arrested for these offenses.
Which crimes increase during summer?
As noted in an article citing statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice, the following crimes peak during summer months.
- Reported domestic violence assaults (increase of 11.5 percent in summer)
- Burglary (increase of 11 percent in summer)
- Reported sexual assaults (increase of 10 percent in summer)
- Household larceny (increase of 8 percent in summer)
Why is there an increase in these offenses?
These offenses increase during the summer for many potential reasons. Regarding home-related crimes, the increase can stem from homeowners being away more often in summer than in other months, and a tendency to leave windows or doors open.
Assault-related offenses could have something to do with young people being out of school. There is also the suggestion that high temperatures make people more aggressive and irritable.
What to do if you or a loved one winds up arrested
As people (including police) become more aware of the increases in seasonal crimes, it could be more likely that you or your child could get into trouble. This is especially true when you consider how common it is for people to have security cameras in their homes, not to mention the cameras on their phones.
If you or your child faces criminal charges this summer, it is crucial to take your situation and your defense seriously. A conviction won’t just ruin a summer break; it can also cause damage to your criminal record, family relationships and even your job or education. As such, you can talk to an attorney about possible strategies for seeking a reduction or dismissal of charges to minimize the adverse impact this situation has on your life.