IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa City police say the brutally cold winter likely played a role in curbing burglaries during the early months of 2014. Police reported just one car break-in during January. There were just seven reported car break-ins in February. In 2013 there was a combined 43 vehicles burglaries during those months.
"Anytime a crime stat goes down, that's good," said Iowa City police Sgt. Vicki Lalla. "Why the big drop? I think this year we can attribute that, especially the car burglaries, to the weather."
Residential burglaries were also down during January and February. In 2012, 41 homes were burglarized during those months. Compared to 32 in 2013 and just 24 in 2014. Business burglaries are down from 2012, but slightly up compared to 2013.
Lalla said residents shouldn't expect this trend to continue and always should be cautious, especially as the weather warms up.
"A lot of burglaries are a crime of opportunity, so if you leave your house unlocked, your apartment unlocked, your car unlocked you're creating a better opportunity for someone to take advantage of that," she said.