As Timothy B. Wheeler reports for the Baltimore Sun, a study published by the Landscape and Urban Planning Journal indicates that trees can have an impact on crime levels in a neighborhood. In fact, a 10 percent bump in leafy greens correlates with a 12 percent decline in crime.
Trees are said to deter crimes like burglary because they get neighbors out on the steps, in the shade, out and about with an eye on the neighborhood. In other words, would-be defendants have to contend with more eyewitnesses in tree-filled ‘hoods.
“It stands to reason because a shade tree allows you to sit out on your steps and be more neighborly and watch out for the community,” said the representative of the forestry board in Baltimore, as Wheeler reports.
Perception that a neighborhood is cared for also plays a role. Trees convey that cared-for quality, unlike completely barren neighborhoods, which is like a broken window that goes unrepaired. That broken window encourages more crime, according to the researchers.
If you are facing criminal charges, contact a criminal lawyer in Baltimore before you talk to police or anyone else.