Plenty of criminal activity during recent full moon in Kings County

Wendy Elliott welliott@kingscountynews.ca
Published on August 15, 2014

RCMP

Two boys got so out of control last week that their parents had to call the R.C.M.P.

One 13-year-old had to be jailed in order to calm down.

If you talk to almost any experienced police officer, they’ll tell you that strange things occur in the light of a full moon.

Certainly that belief appeared justified by the crime reports last week when the moon was not only full, but also closer to the earth’s surface than usual.

There were six family relations calls in three days and three of them involved aberrant behaviour. One male in his 20s got intoxicated and failed to keep the terms of his probation.

A 27-year-old male was out of control at an adult group home. He will likely be charged with property damage and failing to comply with conditions.

Nine domestic incidents took during the same time period. They included criminal harassment and property damage. Neighbours in Kingston got into a dispute over child discipline and officers were called to keep the peace.

 

Full moon effect

Police and the scientific community don’t necessarily agree that a full moon brings on more cases of anti- social behaviour, but a 2007 study by the Sussex police force in Britain concluded there is a correlation.

The force, according to a Daily Mail story, decided to put on extra officers during full moons in a bid to curb unruly behaviour.

Another study, published by German scientists in 2000, claimed the full moon also sparked a rise in binge drinking.

Yet another study, published in 1998, discovered a rise in violent incidents among the 1,200 inmates at a jail in Leeds during the days on either side of a full moon.

During the first and last quarter of each lunar month, there was a marked increase in aggressive incidents.

But during the other period of every lunar month, there were far fewer incidents and none at all on some days.