WASHINGTON - A new study by the U.S. Department of Justice finds that most crimes are more likely to be committed during the summer than during any other season.
The news website Vox.com crunched the numbers and found that violent crime is a lot more likely to happen in summer-time.
Researchers looked at a new government study and say serious violence was a lot higher during the summer months than in winter, spring, or fall.
These crimes include rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
There's a six percent difference between violent crimes overall in winter and summer. Domestic violence goes up significantly, with a twelve percent jump in the summer.
The biggest trend was not in violent crime but in property crimes. Home break-ins are more likely to happen in summer.
The online report by Vox.com says burglary is eleven percent more common in the summer than in the winter.
The researchers do say that burglary has been declining in recent years and is not as much of a summer crime as it used to be.
The study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics surveyed crime victims from1993 to 2010 but it did not consider regional break downs, so some places where it's always hot may skew the results.