By KRIS REILLY
Crime often increases when temperatures rise. But according to local authorities, the exact opposite is happening in Lucerne Valley.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Wendell Anderson, who runs the Lucerne Valley substation, said reported crime took a dip over the first 3 1⁄2 weeks of July.
“I’m happy to report that this month, up until the 24th of July, we’re only at 30 reports drawn, which is relatively low,” said Anderson at last week’s Municipal Advisory Council meeting.
Though not all crimes are reported to authorities and not all investigations lead to official police reports, the number of reports drawn is typically a good indicator of criminal activity.
Anderson said there were 86 reports drawn in May and 55 in June.
Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics show that national crime rates typically rise by 10 percent in the months of June, July and August.
Anderson couldn’t explain why Lucerne Valley is bucking the trend with significant drops over the past two months. He said one possible reason is that recent arrests have kept frequent offenders off the streets.
Among the 30 reports drawn, only two were for burglaries, Anderson said.