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Is summer weather prime for crime?

Most of us remember the silence on the streets of D.C. and Baltimore during Snowmageddon. Few walked. Few drove. Few ventured outside at all for five days straight. Not only that, there were fewer people out committing violent crimes on the streets.

While cold weather does not always deter crime, several feet of snow within one week did just that.

Serious crime dropped 71 percent in Baltimore and D.C.'s homicide rate dropped to zero during the back-to-back snowstorms of early February.

However, the onset of summer means an increase in crime for D.C. Hot temperatures coupled with longer days, summer break from area high schools and a high unemployment rate could increase crime rates this summer.

Read more of the Capital Weather Gang's take on weather and crime on their blog.

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 25, 2010; 10:59 AM ET
Categories:  The Region  
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