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MASON CITY, IA – The weather is finally starting to feel like summer, but that also means crime is picking up a bit.
Local law enforcement officials tell KIMT News 3 that the summer months tend bring about more crime, especially OWI’s.
Several factors contribute to the up-tick in crime including more activities and people tend to drink alcohol more often in warmer months.
“The drunk boating now or the intoxicated boating and the operating a motor vehicle are obviously a little higher during the summer months and law enforcement intentionally looks for more of those types of things,” says Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals.
Besides OWI’s, Sheriff Pals says criminal activity tends to go up in the summer as well.
“The criminal activity goes up too in the summer months just because it’s easier to get around those who don’t have cars it’s easier to walk and things like that, so it tends to go up. It’s kind of strange but the Midwest that’s normally what we expect,” he adds.