Midwest Police – Ban Criminal Activity During Polar Vortex
Offer up Perfect Alternative – Netflix & Chill Instead, Maybe?
By: Cristal M Clark
Sometimes you just have to hand to the police for offering up a well thought out, creative and sort of funny alternative to those lurking awaiting the perfect moment to commit a crime.
While much of the US in particular the Midwest welcomes the Polar Vortex which has promised to offer up temperatures and wind-chill advisories in excess of 50 degrees below zero in some areas, Midwest police are banning crime and offering up an alternative.
To those who live the life of crime, why bother during the subzero temps, why not just stay home and Netflix and Chill instead?
That’s right, police in Noblesville, Indiana, and Westchester, Illinois, headed to social media and linked pages showing temperature charts with advisories to potential criminals and asked them to “stay inside and read or watch Netflix” rather risking frostbite and even death by committing illegal acts.
The Westchester PD had this to say on Facebook;
“Due to the extreme cold and wind, the Westchester Police Department is canceling all misdemeanor and felony criminal activities.’ “Criminals, please take note, it is too cold to commit crimes. Stay inside and read, watch Netflix, go on the FBI Bank Robbers website and help catch other criminals, anything, but for the love of polar bears, do not go outside and commit crimes.”
While Noblesville said; “All crime and illegal activities in Noblesville and the surrounding areas, will be prohibited until further notice,’ “If you fail to comply with this notice there is a possibility of a fine or even jail time. We wanted to get this information out to the public as quickly as possible, so we are utilizing social media. However, once the weather improves we will be sending out a formal notice via certified mail when illegal activities can resume. If you do not receive your formal notice you cannot participate in any criminal endeavors.”
While Minneola, Minnesota city government and police took a slightly less humorous approach and just posted pictures of individuals who had severe frostbite along with a rather ominous message “As wind moves across your body it draws away the heat your body causing you to become colder. As the air temperature decreases and the wind speed increases the wind chill value will be higher, meaning that you are in greater danger of being hurt or killed and the higher the wind chill the faster the cold will hurt you. If the wind chill is -20 degrees it will take less than 30 minutes for your skin to freeze, resulting in frostbite,” which does tend to get the point across at the end of the day.
While people in Chicago were reportedly being robbed at gunpoint, yep at gunpoint for warm winter clothing. Those headlines go hand in hand with the one about individuals and families being one paycheck away from poverty now that the shutdown is over I suppose.
Happy Polar Vortex and Stay Inside!
Cristal M Clark