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Crime in Memphis dropped significantly during heavy snow

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis Police officers said Wednesday that when the temperatures plummet, crime numbers follow suit.

"Weather plays a huge role many times in our crime," said Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin.

The Shelby County Jail is normally constantly active. According to the jail manifest, not one single person was booked between 11:52 p.m. Sunday and 11:01 a.m. Monday.

"It was unusual," said Chip Washington with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

During that same period the previous night, 30 people were booked.

"There were no malfunctions, as far as I know," said Washington. "It's just that maybe folks decided it was a bit too cold to get out and commit crime."

Memphis Police said the same number of officers are on the street, but Godwin said they are handling fewer calls.

"It's so cold out there," said Godwin. "Sometimes it deters the criminal element from going out there, breaking in cars."

Police said they have no seriously studied the statistical data to determine if the drop in crime was cause and effect or coincidence. Godwin said he expects this lull to end when frustration boils over.

"Fight calls, domestic calls. A lot of these things build in the tensions that little things set someone off," said Godwin.

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