Warmer Weather Brings Rise In Crime

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – First of all, three departments are aware of the recent increase in violence and they are taking steps to fight it.

“We’ve seen assaults and certainly seen some shootings and it’s certainly disappointing but we’re working to prevent any further,” said Sheriff Steven Rand, Jackson County.

With warmer weather, shootings and other violent crimes have been on the rise in Jackson.

The sheriff’s office, just like other departments, has increased patrols to keep these crimes to a minimum.

“The activity is higher, people tend to drive more, I mean so people are out more when the weather gets better,” said Lt. Christopher Simpson, Jackson Police Department.

Jackson Police Lt. Christopher Simpson says the South Central part the city is the area they have identified as having the highest crime and they are focusing their patrols in that area.

“Once we had that area geographically located we beefed up patrols in those areas.”

Meanwhile many departments dedicate officers to J-NET, a division made up of state, county and city police that sometimes works undercover to stop drug-related crime.

But limited man power means departments can’t commit as many officers as they would like to.

“I would love to lend more bodies to J-NET, I just don’t have the resources to do that on a permanent basis.”

These departments also say tips from the community are always helpful in stopping crime.

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