LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In Little Rock, police are investigating two homicides that happened during the Memorial Day weekend. These two tragic deaths mark the 26th and 27th homicide of the year for the city.
On Saturday, 21-year-old Tanisha Roby's body was found at the back of a trailer park on Scott Hamilton Drive. Then on Sunday, 19-year-old Kendrick Scales was pronounced dead at a local hospital, after being dropped off suffering from gunshot wounds.
As the weather warms up and schools let out, people have been asking if there will be an increase in crime. So, we went to the Little Rock Police Department to help verify if this common phrase is actually true.
"In the summertime months, our crime is up," said Lieutenant Steve McClanahan. "Especially our property crimes, as well as some of our aggravated assaults. We do see our aggravated assaults, which include a number of crimes, go up in the hottest months of the summer. In your July, August, and even June to a certain extent."
Those three months are usually the hottest months of the year and some of the worst months for violent crime in the city of Little Rock. Over the last four years, there have been 4,017 reported homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults during the summer.
And it's not just Little Rock that has an increase in crime during the summer months. Nationally, the numbers are comparable to ours. According to the Department of Justice, aggravated assault, rape, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence are also higher versus other seasons.
Non-violent crimes like theft and burglary also tend to be up in the summer, which police claim can be directly correlated with the last day of school.
"With school being out, a lot of crimes are committed by young people," McClanahan said. "I think what we need to do as parents, as the community, as faith-based organizations, is make sure our young people have a place to go, something to do to keep them busy."
McClanahan also suggested that if you plan to take a vacation during the summer, make sure to notify police. He said they will make sure to check on your house periodically while you are gone.
The Little Rock Police Department said they are also hopeful that the arrest of two men in the murder of 2-year-old Ra'Miya Reed will end some of the back-and-forth shootings across town, which could bring some of their crime numbers down.
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