When temperatures rise, so do crime rates - study reveals

According to a South African research carried out at the University of Pretoria, when the mercury rises, so to do crime rates.

Associate Professor at Department of Geography, Gregory Breetzke says the research looked at historical data of crime rates and weather patterns.

He says they looked at things like the impact of rain on crime patterns and how crime increases on hotter days.

The theory behind it is the psychological approach which argues that as temperatures go up, our feelings of discomfort increases, which have an impact on our level of aggression and that's likely to increase interpersonal interaction like assault.

Gregory Breetzke, Associate Professor at Department of Geography

The second explanation is more sociological which says that our routine activities change depending on the weather.

Gregory Breetzke, Associate Professor at Department of Geography

To hear the rest of the conversation on the relation between weather patterns and crime, listen below:


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