A study proposes a new approach to dealing with the ever increasing rates of teen homicide cases. According to this new inquiry into the nature of crime, beautification of the inner-city neighborhoods might help curb the teen homicide rates.
The study starts small, yet its implications are tremendous. According to Doctor Alison Culyba, the lead author of the study, who also doubles up as an adolescent instructor, the best way towards getting rid of teen homicide is to observe the surroundings.
Culyba and her team of scientists have discovered that the neighborhoods were the heinous acts were perpetrated played a significant role in the tragedies. The team noted that simple things like changing a defective bulb from a lamp post or putting up lighted walk/ do not walk signs may curb the teen’s inclination towards committing murder.
As of now, according to an official report, homicide became the number one cause of teen death in the United States. While the underlying factors are still blurry, the authorities are doing everything they can in order to understand this social phenomenon and to elaborate better strategies.
This new study may offer the authorities as a starting point for their fight against teen homicide. According to this new study, teen murders are likely to take place in downtrodden inner-city neighborhoods, than in richer ones.
Furthermore, the researchers pointed out that the best candidates for crime scenes are areas marked by stop signs, plantings, private bushes and houses which have security bars or grills.
Now, based on the idea that the neighborhood’s aesthetics can play a significant role in teen homicide, the researchers have analyzed over 143 murder scenes, each of them situated in poor neighborhoods.
The murdered teens had ages between 13 and 20 years old, and many of them have met their untimely demises in such decrepit places. Furthermore, the scientists also compared the pictures taken of these scenes with the images taken from other neighborhoods.
They’ve found out that simple changes like more lamp posts; bus stops, walk/ do not walk signs can decrease the rate of teen homicide. Breaking down the categories into numbers, according to their calculations, more lamp posts reduced the incidence of teen homicide by 24 percent.
Subsequently, walk signs curb the crime rate by 16 percent, maintained parking lots reduce the risk by 17 percent, and parks may help stem the rate of criminality by 9 percent.
In conclusion, the author of the study said that improving the neighborhood is only the first step and the easiest one. The next step and, perhaps, the hardest one, is to make people change their way of thinking.