According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, crime rates nationwide, including Florida, spike during the warmer months each year. Although some people may think that juvenile crimes during the summer break cause this increase, they are not the only reason. The study shows that while the overall crime rates have decreased significantly over the years, the seasonal spike continues, showing an increase of up to 12% each summer.
The records that were included in the study included property and violent crimes that did not cause death, both reported and unreported cases. According to some researchers, the higher temperatures and more daylight hours during the summer months have many people engaged in outdoor activities. Doors and windows of homes and cars are often left unlocked. Even if they are locked, the longer times that home and car owners spend outside allow more time for break-ins and burglaries.
It is also true that students on their summer break increase the number of people out and about. However, sociologists believe that the real problem is the impact of structural inequalities. Some believe that the fact that so many people of different socioeconomic backgrounds compete for similar goals lead to higher rates of crime at this time of the year.
With the increased number of crimes committed in summer, many people in Florida will find themselves being accused of anything from juvenile crimes to breaking and entering and other violations. Only when allegations are proved in court and beyond a reasonable doubt can convictions take place. To stand the best chance of having charges dropped or reduced, the support and guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney are crucial.