Crimes are expected to rise due to the ongoing heatwave and the cost of living crisis, according to police.
With calls to emergency services already said to be "going through the roof", forces are being urged to make preparations for expected increases in vandalism, fights, theft, shoplifting and anti-social behaviour, by police and crime commissioners (PCCs).
Speaking at a press conference in London, Festus Akinbusoye, the PCC for Bedfordshire said he believed this summer would pose challenges for police due to be being the first in three years out of any sort of lockdown.
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“If it continues to be this hot, that’s another challenge and the trifecta that adds to that is the cost of living," said Mr Akinbusoye.
"Having that combination could potentially create a challenging and demanding time for policing.
“I know that in my force and some others as well we’re looking to plan ahead to mitigate any risks.”
Research in the US and other countries consistently shows a link between increasing temperatures and increasing crime, according to Steve Turner, the PCC for Cleveland.
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“We see that in this country as well, over the summer crime will spike,” said Mr Turner.
“You’ve got people outside, you’ve got barbecues, street parties, people consuming more alcohol, spilling outside pubs and clubs. You are naturally going to see a crime spike and the hotter the weather gets the worse it is.”
The commissioners said they had not yet seen a rise in crime directly linked to the cost of living crisis in their areas, but were monitoring offences affected by price rises, such as people driving off from petrol stations without paying.
“I can imagine the pressure and strain the prices are going to put on people and if we don’t follow that through well enough it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy,” Mr Turner said.
“If someone knows they’re not going to get caught they’re going to do it again.”
Earlier this year, HM chief inspector of constabulary suggested police should use “discretion” in dealing with crimes driven by poverty.
Mr Akinbusoye said: “If police take a hands-off approach to crime being committed because of the cost of living crisis, someone has to pay eventually and businesses are struggling too.
“I would want my police force to respond to that as they would any other theft or burglary or crime.
“The course of action after the initial response is a different matter, it may be a case of signposting them to other support services, but the initial response has to be the same regardless of the climate at the time.”
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