SLC police say despite colder temperatures, fewer homeless people dying of exposure this winter

Posted at 4:00 PM, Jan 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-02 18:00:33-05

SALT LAKE CITY – Despite temperatures falling to colder than average in recent days, police say fewer homeless people are succumbing to the freezing temperatures this winter.

Officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department said this winter is far colder than in recent years, but, despite that, they’ve seen fewer recorded deaths from exposure among the homeless population.

They said better preparation is likely the reason.

“I think there’s a little better preparation this year by all the providers involved,” said Lt. Michael Hatch with Salt Lake City Police Department. “…We just have more available beds, or spaces available for people to be inside during the wintertime when it’s real cold.”

If you see anyone outside at night who appears to be in trouble, call police immediately.