Crimes reported in cities can vary greatly from month to month.
For many law enforcement agencies, crime spikes during the summer. Crime statistics indicate warmer cities, however, often don't experience much change. It's generally cities in colder climates and tourist destinations that experience the largest monthly changes in reported crimes.
Governing reviewed federal crime data for 384 jurisdictions with reported monthly data. Select a law enforcement agency below to show monthly averages for 2010-2012:
Users can see the latest criminal and emergency activity on a map as it is filtered through the Oakland Police Department’s 911-dispatch system.
Some places actually experience slightly less crime in the summer. But for those with big increases, what are police doing about it?