Crime rate drops along with temperatures in Hampton Roads

Posted at 11:42 PM, Jan 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-23 23:42:14-05

With Tuesday and Wednesday's snow, temperatures weren't the only thing that dropped; crime dropped as well.

Police departments across Hampton Roads say the midweek snow storm took a bite out of crime.

Whether it's because the criminals weren't out, or there were fewer victims for them to take advantage of is unclear. But maybe the solution to crime is more snow.

“That means there are houses that aren't being broken into because families are in them. And cars that aren't being broken into because they're at home with family so there is an upside to it,"says Chris Amos with the Norfolk Police Department.

None of the police departments had concrete numbers on how much crime was down.

Sampling their crime maps and reports, you can see fewer incidents than normal.

Hampton police say they saw crime go down Wednesday compared to normal.

And fewer people on the roads led to fewer crashes despite the slippery conditions.

Domestic disturbances though went up, as a result of more people at home.