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Cold Snap Leads to Crime Dip, But Police Warn You Can Still Be A Victim

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

The first week of the year the Upstate saw record-breaking cold, and at the same time Spartanburg Police saw a drop in crime.

"There aren't a lot of people outside, which for us that equates to typically less crime because people aren't out,” said Capt. Regina Nowak with Spartanburg Public Safety.

According to Spartanburg Public Safety, the first week of the year officers responded to 52 crimes—including one aggravated assault, 10 burglaries and 15 shoplifting cases. The same time last year, officers handled 69 crimes.

Law enforcement warns just because crime is down that doesn't mean you're safe. Officers say the cold encourages other crimes like car break-ins and car theft, because people are warming up their cars or leaving them running as they handle errands.

“You turn your back, walk inside and someone is standing, watching what you've done,” said Nowak. “They walk right up, get into the car and drive right off."

Hot or cold weather, Nowak says you need to be smart. Watch where you park. Keep your doors locked. And keep your valuables out of sight.

Police say you also should be careful about wearing a visible work uniform going into your place of employment. That's a signal to crooks that you'll be away from your car for some time.

Also avoid leaving items in your car that appear to contain valuables—things like backpacks, gym bags or computer bags.


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