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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Do Trees Deter Crime?

If they're well groomed:

In the June issue of Landscape and Urban Planning, a team of environmental researchers led by Austin Troy of the University of Vermont report an inverse relationship between tree canopy and a variety of crimes in the Baltimore city and county regions. All told, Troy and colleagues conclude that "a 10% increase in tree canopy was associated with a roughly 12% decrease in crime."[...]

The results were not entirely straightforward. In some pockets of Baltimore city, for instance, the presence of trees indeed seemed to increase crime rates, just as some of the previous literature suggests. That was especially true in the outer harbor areas of Brooklyn Park, Wagners Point, and Dundalk — places with poorly groomed vegetation where "the concealment value of the vegetation outweighs its deterrent effect".

Steve CLowney

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/property/2012/05/do-trees-deter-crime.html

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Which ties in well with the idea of "architecture as crime control":

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=290756

Trees as architecture would probably raise concerns about propertising the wrong things ...

Posted by: Thomas Gibbons NZ | May 29, 2012 5:36:46 PM

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