As temperatures increase, so do certain kinds of crime

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As the weather warms up, police say they see more crimes, specifically larceny-related crimes. 

West Elmira Police Chief Peter Michalko said it is usually the first warm weekend that is challenging for police.

More people are outdoors partaking in outdoor activities. That means a greater opportunity for someone to be vulnerable to a crime.

“We enjoy the warm weather as much as the next guy, I mean we love it too,” Michalko said. “We like to see the people out and as long as everybody is safe to enjoy the weather, we’re for that.”

Some residents said they are not too concerned, such as Jim Coles, an East Corning resident as he walked his dog at Community Park in Big Flats.

“If I’m right in the area, no. If we leave we do, you know, I have security cameras,” Coles said.

Some tips Chief Michalko said: lock your cars, be vigilant, report any suspicious outdoor activity, and secure any outdoor equipment or gear. For example, do not leave your bicycle laying on your lawn as someone could easily take it.

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