[Summit] overnight parking and breakins

Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur mmlarthur at gmail.com
Fri Aug 29 12:10:51 CDT 2014

On the topic of cars providing cover and whatnot: before the overnight 
parking program was added, cars could still park at night--just not in 
the absolute middle of the night. As someone who often walks around the 
neighborhood after 11 pm, it was customary to see streets full of parked 
cars at 11 pm or midnight--and as the night got later, residents would 
come out and move the cars into their driveways. It is only this shuffle 
that's changed.

Now, obviously I don't have reliable data on this, but vanishingly few 
of the reported break-ins that have been posted to this mailing list 
have occurred after 1 am. Instead, mid-day, afternoon, and 9-11 pm seem 
to be the more common times. These are all times during which parking on 
the street has always been permitted. Indeed, national statistics 
suggest that the most common time for home break-ins is during daylight 
hours (especially in the summer). Nighttime parking is surely not 
relevant to those crimes.

Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur
mmlarthur at gmail.com <mailto:mmlarthur at gmail.com>
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