South Bend Police saw increase in crime activity over the weekend
It was a busy weekend for local law enforcement officers.
Early Saturday morning South Bend Police investigated a fatal shooting.
On Sunday morning, scanner traffic in the ABC 57 Newsroom picked up on reported shots fired on Olive Street, Cedar Street, Bissell Street and South Warren Street.
An officer with the South Bend Police Department said Sunday morning had been a busy shift for them. He said the increase in weekend crime can be attributed to the warm weather and the end of summer being near.
That is because people are getting out and therefore they usually see an increase in crime around this time of year.
According to a 2014 Seasonal Patterns in Criminal Victimization Trends Report by the U.S. Department of Justice, summer was ranked the highest for crimes in most categories. This report tracked seasonal patterns and how crime activity fluctuates with the change of seasons. To view that report, click here.
However, local law enforcement is coming together to involve the community to help cut down on all the violence. On Tuesday August 4, the South Bend Police Department is inviting the public to the annual National Night Out Against Crime. The event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the east parking lot at the South Bend Police Department.
The event will include demonstrations of police and fire safety equipment as well as address safety concerns for residents.
Also that night, the St. Joseph County Police Department and Mishawaka Police Department will host similar events.
The St. Joseph County PD will have their event at St. Patrick's County Park from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Mishawaka Police Department's event will be at Central Park in Mishawaka from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.