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Hot summer could put us all on edge

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Health dangers aren't the only problems the heat can lead to. Rising temperatures may also lead to a rise in crime.

We all know it's hot outside and we need to take precautions.

"You are supposed to drink like eight glasses of water a day," said Hal Pinson, Dougherty EMS.

This heat likely contributed to the death of an 87-year-old Colquitt County man.

An autopsy will be done to prove if heat played a factor in his death.

Hot temperatures this summer could put all of us on edge.

"What happens is when people get overheated they have less of an ability to manage stress, and have less of an ability to feel comfortable," said Dr. Cheryl Kaiser.

The heat could make us easier to anger.

"So they're more likely to be agitated, irritated, and more likely to act out," said Kaiser.

But could the summer months mean increase headaches for law enforcement?

"Domestic violence, maybe something alcohol related because people are having a lot more to drink when it's hot outside those types of crimes are likely a little more frequent," said Kaiser.

More people out and about during the hotter months of the year, and Dr. Kaiser says it takes its toll.

"I think the heat will make people more agitated and irritated so they'll be more likely to act out," said Kaiser.

But those stresses can be avoided if those who can find a cool place to get out of the heat.

"You definitely want to stay hydrated, drink plenty of water, but Gatorade is even better because of the nutrients and vitamins," said Pinson.

Staying hydrated may help you not only stay cool but keep your cool as well.

A look at the latest Albany Police crime statistics shows the number peaked so far this year in March with more than 5,300 reports before dropping in April and May.

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