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Crime is reduced by greenery
In urban settings even small patches of green are oases from harsh surroundings. The removal of green where so little exists is keenly felt.
Frances Kuo and William Sullivan tested the common belief that int he inner city, barren spaces are safer than green ones. They compared crime rates for inner-city apartment buildings with varying amounts of vegetation and found that the greener tghe surroundings, the fewer crimes occurred against people and property. Far from shielding criminals, such greenery seems to shield against them.
Widely spaced high-canopy trees, flowers, grass and low-rowing shrubs do not block views, shield crime or create the type of surroundings that promote fear. In the inner city, vegetation that allows for visibility seems to promote safety. Factors combine to explain why this is so.
We're watching and we care. Green spaces bring people together outdoors. The conspicuous presence of people increases surveillance, which discourages criminals.
We're calm. A large body of research indicates that time spent in nature lessens mental fatigue, inattentiveness, irritability and impulsivity -- states of mind that psychologists recognize as precursors to violence. Greenery helps people to relax and renew, reducing aggression and increasing calm.
The study by Kuo and Sullivan was hte first to use police crime reports to examine the relationship between crime rates and vegetation in the inner city.
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This project was supported by the USDA Forest Service Urban and community Forestry Program on the recommendation of the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council."
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