Classical music & unbroken windows cut crime

A good news story from a while ago, in case you didn’t hear about it…

Mozart’s classical music cuts crime rates in New Zealand mall

I think this is fascinating. Why does playing classical music lower the crime rate? Malcolm Gladwell might have the answer. Chapter 4 of his book The Tipping Point is subtitled “Bernie Goetz and the Rise and Fall of New York City Crime.” He reveals how a small change in an area can have a big effect. For example, if there are some broken windows in an area, then certain individuals would feel OK about breaking another one. On the other hand, if all the windows are unbroken it’s much more unlikely that someone would break one. Context plays a huge role in criminal (and other) behaviour — I encourage you to read the whole chapter (and the rest of the book too).

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