5:49 am March 29, 2010, by Henry Unger
Unlike past recessions, this one seems to be cutting the crime rate.
You can thank your unemployed neighbor, in part, for a drop in home burglaries, AJC reporter Tammy Joyner writes.
“We assume crime climbs when the economy is down,” said Richard Rosenfeld, professor of criminology at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. But “during high unemployment, more people are at home and that cuts the rates of burglary.”
Until this recent downturn, a bad economy was easy to read: crime and deviant behavior (think drug dealing, fencing and the like) go up when the economy goes down, Joyner writes.
But the latest set of police reports across the country, including in Atlanta, don’t square with past downturns. The underground market, it seems, has been turned on its ear in this recession.
“This is a real break in past patterns,” Rosenfeld told about two dozen economists from around the world who gathered in Stone Mountain this month for the second annual meeting on the “Economics of Risky Behaviors.”
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