Accidents, Police Incidents, and Weather. A Further Study of the City of Fort Worth, Texas, 1968.
TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIV FORT WORTH INST OF BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH
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The study extends and replicates an earlier investigation of dependencies between meteorological variations in the city of Fort Worth, Texas for the first half of 1964 and frequencies of nine categories of incidents recorded by the Police Department Radio Dispatcher. Eleven weather measures collected at Carswell AFB Fort Worth and 57 categories of police calls were collected on an hourly basis for 357 days in 1968, reduced to composites based on four six-hour quarters of each day, and intercorrelated separately by quarter-days. Four weather factors were replicated across all four quarters. Of these, the first two, defined as I Precipitation-fog, and II Temperature-pressure accounted for significant variance in a number of the dependent police variables. With the exception of accidents, which were highly positively related to Factor I, most of the 20 significant correlations with this factor were negative, indicating reduced frequencies in bad weather. Most of the 46 significant correlations with Factor II were positive, suggesting a tendency for increased police work in warm, fair weather. Implications and suggestions for interpretation and further research are indicated. Author
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