No time off for police

SANDUSKY Labor Day marked the traditional end of summer, but area police departments aren't
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Labor Day marked the traditional end of summer, but area police departments aren't breathing a sigh of relief.

Studies have shown that crime typically increases during summer months, but Sandusky and Perkins police departments say their arrest rates stay similar throughout the year.

"Actually we stay fairly active year round. The crime doesn't stop because winter comes," said Sandusky Assistant Chief Charlie Sams. "We have the same types of crime year round but you have an increase of different types of activities in the summer."

He said there is more outside activity and the department gets more noise complaints in the summer because more people have their windows open.

Perkins Police Chief Tim McClung said Perkins has steady crime rates as well.

"Everybody wants to say that the summer months are so busy, but we just stay pretty consistent year round," McClung said. "Now with the waterparks and all the shopping, we stay pretty consistent."

McClung said that wasn't always the case.

"Back in the '80s, as soon as Cedar Point closed, it got really, really quiet until the Christmas shopping season," he said.

Like Sandusky, Perkins sees a spike in different types of crime during the summer. McClung said accident reports, especially along U.S. 250, increase in the summer.

In 2006, August had the highest number of car accidents in Perkins with 99, followed by July with 60 and March with 45.

August, June and December had the most number of speeding citations in 2006 and January, September and October had the most number of DUI arrests. October had the highest number of felony arrests in 2006 with 305, followed by February and December.

McClung said he expects 2007's arrest rates to be similar to 2006's.