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The winter of 2013 and 2014 was especially cold in part of the United States. Police officers in several cities, including St. Louis Missouri say one benefit of the cold weather is a reduction in crime. Police officer Brian Schellman told a local television station that weather is one of several factors that impact crime. He said in St. Louis, the number of murders, robberies, assaults, and arson all dropped during the cold weather. He said theft from cars and stores was down, but to a lesser extent, mainly because warming up cars often created an opportunity for theft, and the weather did not reduce crime inside stores. Schellman said, “Weather is definitely one of the factors. We’ve had a lot of cold weather especially this past month, lots of snow and ice. Those types of climates keep people indoors.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Brutal winter putting freeze on crime activity, By Shawndrea Thomas,; Accessed February 18, 2014.

Ephesians 4:28 (ESV) (28) Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

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