Decrease Crime As Temperatures Rise
POSTED: Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 8:25pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 9:09pm
EL PASO, TX — It was a beautiful day in The Borderland with temperatures peeking in the 90's. The warm weather means more people are opening their windows, but are they remembering to lock them before they leave the house?
The El Paso Police Department says everyone plays a role in staying safe.
"I'm very bad. I leave everything open,” said El Pasoan Sarai Soria about locking her doors.
Soria says when the weather gets warmer, she opens the windows at her house to feel the breeze.
"People leave their windows and doors open because it's kind of nice and they just want the weather to be nice, the ac to come in and everything, but it's sometimes bad. I mean you never know, if you forget and leave it open,” said Soria.
Chance Rule also says that he is taking advantage of the warm weather.
"We have a screen door. We keep that closed, but we keep our doors open and just the wind comes through. It's not too heavy, but it's nice. It keeps the breeze,” said Rule.
Chance Rule says he's not taking any risks when it comes to locking his doors.
"El Paso is a pretty safe place. It's always good to be smart. If your home at your house, I don't think there is really any danger, but you definitely need to lock your doors when you leave and just simple stuff like that,” said Rule.
When the weather is warm, people tend to leave their car windows cracked-open, making it easier for thieves to get inside. El Paso police say you should avoid keeping valuables in plain sight.
"People can just break a window if they see something. Usually they just like wall by, check if a door is locked. If there is anything, a lap top or anything extra valuable in there, they break a window. It's not that hard,” said Rule.
Still Soria doesn't think a criminal would target her.
"I'm not afraid. I'm very confident. I just think nothing is going to happen,” said Soria.
The police department also advises to always keep your garage door closed, and call them if you witness suspicious activity.