There are many myths when it comes to the topic of crime and crime prevention. For example, one of the more pervasive myths has always been that the presence of too many trees, bushes or other greenery in urban areas results in higher crime rates. However, a recently released study by researchers at Temple University actually serves to dispel this myth once and for all.
In the study, published in Landscape and Urban Planning, researchers gathered comprehensive crime data for areas throughout the city and compared it with satellite photographs of the same areas outlining its greenery.
Here, they determined that those areas with more well-maintained greenery had much lower overall crime rates than areas with lesser amounts of greenery. Even more fascinating, they discovered that this trend was evident in all areas under study regardless of such factors as wealth or education.