Temperature-crime correlation in Tucson not the same as other cities
Meteorologist: Aaron Brackett
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -
Two children - shot multiple times; murdered, police say, by their own mother.
A police car - shot up by heavily armed and armored thugs.
A woman arriving at work, murdered by her estranged husband who then took his own life.
All of these happened in a span of just 26 hours between Saturday night and Monday morning.
This span of time also happened to be among the hottest Tucson has ever seen, but is there a coincidence?
Studies have shown time and time again that when temperatures go up in large northern cities such as Chicago, Boston, and Cleveland, crime surges, sometimes as much as 20%, but in Tucson, it's a different story.
9OYS took a look at violent crimes happening in Tucson the past 10 years along with the number of 100° degree days. Crime rates aren't actually in line with the heat, in fact crime has been falling steadily while the overall trend of hot days has increased.
Tom Peine of the Pima County Sheriff's Department says crime within the past year is very consistent month to month.
"We cannot really say that there is a particular area that would be of great significance when we look at the entire data, about a year's worth," said Peina. "We typically see that different types of crimes in relation ton each other are pretty evenly distributed."