Criminal activity has been officially been canceled this weekend in one suburban Chicago town due to sweltering heat being felt around the country.
On Friday, the Park Forest Police Department in Illinois wrote a post on Facebook: “It is just too hot to be outside committing crimes. We’re asking all aspiring criminals, seasoned veterans, and those who find themselves committing crimes out of boredom, to please stay indoors.”
At the same time, police in Massachusetts implemented a similar heat wave-related crime-fighting strategy.
The Braintree Police Department wrote a post-Friday on Facebook: “Due to the extreme heat, we are asking anyone thinking of doing criminal activity to hold off until Monday.”
The department added: “It is straight-up hot as soccer balls out there. Conducting criminal activity, in this extreme heat is next level henchmen status, and also very dangerous.”
The department suggested that potential criminals stay home, blast the air conditioning and binge-watch season 3 of “Stranger Things” instead.
“We will meet again when its cooler,” the department said.
Late Friday, Park Forest PD wrote in a follow-up post that one of its officers, Justin Malachowski, was appreciative of everyone who canceled their planned crimes and stayed indoors.
The department said: “Because of you, he got to enjoy a cold and delicious afternoon Slurpee from 7-Eleven without interruption.”
The entire Chicago area was under an excessive heat warning and advisories over the weekend as heat index was slated to reach as high as 115 degrees in some places, NBC 5 Chicago reported.
Windy City temps hit the 99-degree mark Friday.
On Saturday the Park Forest Police was advising that “The crime cancellation is still in effect until tomorrow, so please no ‘criminaling’.”