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Trees, a new partner in the fight against urban crime

Gilstad-Hayden, Kate and Meyer, Spencer R. (2015) Trees, a new partner in the fight against urban crime. USApp - American Politics and Policy Blog (20 Nov 2015). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Crime is a persistent problem in many urban areas, both large and small. In new research, Kate Gilstad-Hayden and Spencer R. Meyer examine the effects of tree cover on this crime. They find that for every 10 percent increase in tree canopy cover, there was a 15 percent decrease in the violent crime, and a 14 percent fall in the property crime rate. Trees, they write, can help to increase ‘eyes on the street’ through recreational use, reduce mental the fatigue which can lead to crime, and offer landscaping opportunities which act as a ‘cue to care’.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s) CC BY-NC 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 10:16
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2019 23:16
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/75856

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