The number of alcohol-related crimes in the West Midlands increased this summer, police revealed today, as they blamed the hot weather for the surge.
Booze-fuelled crime increased by 235 offences this July compared to last year’s rain-soaked month- an increase of around 8.5 per cent.
Police today said a new trend was emerging for alcohol-related violent crimes to happen not in the region’s busy clubs and pubs but in the home or at barbecues instead.
Officers have today launched an appeal for people not to drink to excess this Bank Holiday weekend.
Figures show an increase in alcohol related crimes in all of the Black Country boroughs from July 2012 to July 2013.
In Wolverhampton, there were 170 offences this year compared to 148 in July last year, while Walsall saw an increase of 32 to 164.
Sandwell saw an increase from 117 in July last year to 122 this year, while Dudley rose from 117 to 1122.
Assistant Ch Con Sharon Rowe said the message was to stay sensible and safe.
“We aren’t suggesting people don’t have a good time and enjoy a break from work but we do want people to think about how excessive amounts of alcohol can impair judgement in all kinds of situations from a minor disagreement with friends, family or a stranger spiralling out of control, to getting home safely at the end of the night,” she said.
“It’s no coincidence that offences of alcohol-related violence have increased just as we have seen the weather improve and more and more people have been out in the sun and having a good time.
“The main difference is that people have been staying at home or visiting friends and then things have perhaps gone a little too far when people have had a few too many.
“The message we are sending is clear- if you intend to drink alcohol, always do so sensibly and responsible.”
The warning comes as research carried out in America shows for every one degree increase in temperature, violence increases by up to 14 per cent.
This July has been one of the hottest on record, with temperatures hitting highs of 33C (91F).