Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:03 PM
Playinghardball (8,706 posts)
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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 04:06 PM
Cleita (71,190 posts)
6. Weird how violent crime seems to go way down when there is a disaster.
Here's an article about it during hurricane Sandy in NYC.
The five-day period during the storm and its immediate aftermath saw 15 shooting victims in all and a total of 1,061 crimes committed, according to the New York Police Department.
Crime in New York didnít stop for Sandy. But contrary to public perceptions that catastrophes lead to widespread looting and general lawlessness, New York City has actually experienced a decrease in criminal activity because of the superstorm.
The city underwent a double-digit percentage decline in most types of serious crime last week, according to the NYPD. Murder fell by 86 percent and rape by 44 percent. Larceny declined by 48 percent and robbery dipped by 30 percent. The only increase was for burglary ó but even that was by a mere 3 percentage points.
There really seems to be no evidence for a heightened need of protection while going through a disaster.