Warm temperatures bring more crime, according to Amarillo police. Police say crimes such as vandalism, thefts and burglaries spike during the summer months. This forces more patrols and more people to look out for their safety.
Corporal Jerry Neufeld, says one reason for the rise is more people out and about... "We got more people out. During the winter... Cold people are closed in. During the summer there's just more people out. Therefore more potential."
People in local Amarillo neighborhoods believe there are other reasons. Micah Matlock thinks school may be another reason. "A lot more people out but one reason may be the school kids out, " she said.
Police and neighbors say one way to stay safe is with neighborhood watch programs and being vigilant about what goes on in the streets. Matlock says, a watchful eye keeps some worries of crime away. "We have older neighbors here they watch out during the day. We tend to watch out at night. We like to keep an eye on things," she said.