'COLD IS ALWAYS OUR FRIEND': Murgon Officer-in-Charge, Steven Stewart said he noticed a increase in crime in the summer months.
'COLD IS ALWAYS OUR FRIEND': Murgon Officer-in-Charge, Steven Stewart said he noticed a increase in crime in the summer months. Matt Collins

South Burnett's crime rate soon to heat up

REGARDLESS of the time of year, unfortunately crime will always be a factor.

But it would seem as the temperature starts to rise during the warmer months, so does the level of criminal activity in the region.

Murgon Police Officer-in-Charge, Senior Sergeant Steven Stewart may have only been at the station since December last year, but he has all ready detected a pattern.

"Cold is always our friend,” he said.

"Crime dips in winter, because it is cold.”

Snr Sgt Stewart said more people stay inside in winter and therefore, less crime.

He said there are many seasonal factors that contribute to the level of crime in a town.

"It's interesting, when you have natural disasters crime drops off,” he said.

"Then there are school holidays.”

Regardless of what instigates the criminal behaviour, Snr Sgt Stewart said the general public still need to play their part in reducing crime.

"Yes, it would all be great if we lived 40-years-ago and we didn't have to lock our houses and didn't have to shut our windows but that's just the way it is now,” he said.

"You've got to take some steps to secure your own properties,” he said.

"You could go back in most places for an extended period and that is a message that police continue to talk about.”