A team of researchers from the US Forest Service and the University of Vermont have studied the correlation between the amount of trees and the crime rate of specific areas. The findings show that when there is an increase of 10 percent in the tree canopy coverage the crime rate for that area reduces by about 12 percent.
The researchers came to this conclusion after comparing high quality images of tree canopies from above with crime mapping data of Baltimore. Similar tests with very similar results have been conducted by other universities including the University of Illinois. [Read more...]