Wilmington police are turning up the heat on crime downtown. Police say crime is down so far in 2014; however, now that the summer is heating up, police are forced to make some changes to the way they patrol.
Hot days, humid nights, and an increase in foot traffic; those are just a few things that cops have to deal with downtown. While police say it doesn't affect their service, it does make things different.
Lt. George Perkins with the Wilmington Police Department says that keeping downtown safe is hard work, especially with all the tight spaces and narrow alleys.
Of the challenges that police face, the heat of the summer is now one of their major concerns.
"Take breaks, stay hydrated, get in the AC. We try to rotate that to take turns," Perkins said. "That way, we still have the same coverage but we do look out for each other."
It's too hot for some officers to ride bikes, and the horse patrol is off when temperatures get too high.
Perkins says with the spike in temperatures, they have to make sure to keep themselves safe, while keeping the community safe too.
"They (the public) talk back with you, which you don't always get with cars," said Perkins. "People don't feel like you're as approachable in a car. I'm having the time of my life, and I'm on my bike whether it's hot or cold."
WPD recently received four new bicycles for patrol, paid for by drug forfeiture money.
As for the mounted patrol, they don't work during the days but still patrol on busy nights downtown.
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