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Too Cold for Crime?

January 23, 2008 - Heather Ziegler
A full moon has been shining brightly over the Ohio Valley the past few nights. It's a glorious sight to behold against a cold, black winter's night. You would think, then, that as cold as it has been and as bright as the moon has been, that criminals would not be up to their usual mischief. Wrong! The police reports have been ridiculous with criminal complaints of late. Perhaps the violence is due to being cooped up inside too long, but the car thefts, robberies, burglaries and some petty crimes are just getting out of control. And it's not just in one town. It's everywhere. From Steubenville to Sistersville. It's getting to the point that you wonder where it will all end. Usually street crimes and mischief like graffiti, vandalism and car break-ins are reserved to the warm weather months. Yet we seem to have a glut of it as of late. No one has to tell people in our area that the economy is shaky. Just look at the number of car and house foreclosures in the legal ads. Look at the number of homes for sale. Even with the lower prices, you can't give them away. Something's got to give and an early spring would be some welcome relief.


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