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Cold winter puts freeze on crime

– When the snow falls and temperatures plunge, crime also drops, northwestern Indiana police say.

Coroners’ offices in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties all recorded zero homicides in January, the Munster Times reported Sunday. The Lake County coroner’s office has averaged five January homicides since 2000 and logged seven in January 2013.

“This is the first time since I’ve been chief we’ve gone a whole month without a homicide,” Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram said. “Mother Nature did what 246 police officers could not do and that’s slow down crime.”

Crime in Hammond during January fell 30 percent compared with January 2013, Police Chief Brian Miller said.

“We get a corresponding crime drop with the temperature drop, no doubt about it,” Miller said.

Sgt. Larry LaFlower, a spokesman for the Porter County Sheriff’s Department, said crime in January was down 50 percent from January 2013 in all major crime categories.

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