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Amarillo police seeing crime increase during summer

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Amarillo, TX - Warmer temperatures mean more crime in Amarillo, according to police.

During the summer months of June, July and August, the Amarillo Police Department receives about one thousand more calls each month than other months throughout the year. That's according to data comparing yearly calls from the last three years.

"We went from about 11,000 calls in the the winter time to over 12,000 calls in our summer months," said Sergeant Brent Barbee.

One of the biggest increases they see involves juvenile crime. "We see a lot more kid related criminal activity, juveniles because obviously so many more of them are out of school. They've got more time on their hands. They're going to be out day and night.," explained Barbee.

More patrol officers will be positioned at parks throughout Amarillo to monitor areas where most of the crime tends to happen. Calls for theft also jump during warmer months. Barbee said one reason for the increase in theft in the summer is because more people leave their garage doors open.

Aggravated assault is another common call. "It seems like anytime you have heat, you can add alcohol to it. And anytime you put alcohol into these social situations, there is more of a tendency for fights, assaults and things like that," said Barbee.

Police said in just two weeks, this June is already busier than normal. "It seems like we're awfully busy already," said Barbee. "It's seeming a lot more like July or August than June. The hottest months are the time we get really, really busy."

In 2013, the APD received the most calls in July and the fewest in February.

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10
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