19 Jun '12, 9am

More Trees = Less Crime in Baltimore, Study Shows

More Trees = Less Crime in Baltimore, Study Shows

Last month, Brian wrote about how to spot income equality from space -- all you need to do is look for the trees. According to a new study, trees are more than a marker of neighborhood wealth: They reduce crime as well, at least in Baltimore. Austin Troy and Jarlath O'Neill-Dunne of the University of Vermont and J.Morgan Grove of the USDA Forest Service looked at the relationship between urban tree cover and rates of robbery, burglary, theft and shooting (controlling for the wealth disparity Brian's post concerned). They found that a 10 percent increase in tree canopy corresponded to a roughly 12 percent decrease in crime, in Baltimore City and County. The study, "The relationship between tree canopy and crime rates across an urban–rural gradient in the greater Baltimore region ," was published last week in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning . The findings validate t...

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