Heat is also shown to increase heart rate and aggression, thus making seemingly trivial interactions between strangers lead to violence. Fights often break out as a result of these physiological effects that might otherwise be quelled in cooler months. Interestingly, however, there are arguments that in certain regions once temperatures increase above 85 degrees, the spike in crime rates begins to level out, making it plausible that sometimes, it’s just too hot, even for crime.
The correlation between data and crime in the summer months can be complex and does not give a clear picture of cause and effect. Georgia, however, is taking precautionary measures and implementing a Summer Safety Initiative. Under the direction of Police Chief George N. Turner, the Atlanta Police Department will implement precautionary initiatives like increased patrols across all units (foot, mounted, etc.); dedicated safety zones during special events; routine traffic stops; and youth prevention programs.
Sources: Julia Dahl, CBS News; Hunt Archibold, Midtown.patch.com