Winter weather helps lower crime rates in NW Indiana

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Chicago officials touting the city’s crime statistics don’t have anything on Northwest Indiana.

The Northwest Indiana Times reports the area recorded zero homicides in January– a month that averages about five.

Local leaders aren’t crediting any special police tactics only the cold and snowy weather.

LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan said they have not recorded any homicides in 2014; “When it’s 15 below no one is out,” he said, “not the good guys or the bad guys.”

Porter County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Larry LaFlower said crime in January was down 50 percent from January 2013 in all major crime categories.

Gary’s chief quoted in the Northwest Indiana Times as saying Mother Nature did what 246 police officers could not do– and that’s slow down crime.

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