Too Hot for Crime: Suburban Police Department Cancels 'All Criminal Activity' Amid Heat Wave - NBC Chicago

Too Hot for Crime: Suburban Police Department Cancels 'All Criminal Activity' Amid Heat Wave

"Netflix and chill, literally, with the air conditioner set to 68 degrees. K? Thx!" the post read

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    Chicago Weather Forecast: Excessive Heat Warning

    NBC Storm Team 5 meteorologist Andy Avalos has your latest forecast update. 

    (Published Friday, July 19, 2019)

    It’s too hot for crime – at least according to the Park Forest Police Department.

    The south suburban authorities posted to social media Friday that “due to the extreme heat” they have decided to officially cancel “all criminal activity for today and tomorrow.”

    "It is just too hot to be outside committing crimes," the department wrote. "We’re asking all aspiring criminals, seasoned veterans, and those who find themselves committing crimes out of boredom, to please stay indoors."

    What can said criminals do instead?

    "Netflix and chill, literally, with the air conditioner set to 68 degrees. K? Thx!" the post read.

    The entire Chicago area is under an Excessive Heat Warning Friday and Saturday as heat index values could rise as high as 115 degrees for some.

    Air temperatures are forecast to rise to between 96 and 101 degrees, though Heat Index readings could be between 105 and 115 degrees. Temperatures will likely drop only to around 80 degrees in the city Friday night, offering "little to no relief from the heat," according to the National Weather Service.

    "The cumulative effects of temperatures and heat index values this high could lead to heat related illnesses with prolonged exposure," the warning states. "Those without air conditioning, elderly, small children, and pets are especially susceptible. Plan ahead."

    Residents are being urged to find a cool place to shelter from the heat and to avoid outdoor activity during peak heating times of the day.

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