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Mozart’s classical music cuts crime

The New Zealand city of Christchurch is using music by composer Mozart to decrease crime


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

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Herald Sun
8 Nov 2010

MOZART played over speakers in a pedestrian mall in the inner city of Christchurch, New Zealand has cut crime dramatically, according to figures published Monday by The Press.

The classical tactic was introduced to the City Mall in New Zealand’s second largest city in June 2009.

The number of anti-social incidents recorded by security guards in the area fell from 77 a week in October 2008 to just two for the same time this year, the Christchurch-based newspaper reported.

Police agreed the music, played during the day time had transformed the area and created a calmer environment.

Central City Business Association manager Paul Lonsdale said the classical music was soothing to the ear.

“Classical music is known for reducing anti-social behavior,” he said.

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Classical music cuts crime in New Zealand city

(AFP) – 8 hours ago

WELLINGTON — Classical music piped through speakers has dramatically reduced crime rates in the centre of New Zealand’s second largest city, retailers said Monday.

They said the introduction of soothing music from composers such as Mozart had seen the number of anti-social incidents attended by security guards in Christchurch’s City Mall fall from 86 a week in 2008 to two a week this year.

Central City Business Association manager Paul Lonsdale said the music had helped residents and retailers reclaim the mall.

“It is much more pleasant now. People sit in that area now because they feel safer,” Lonsdale told the Christchurch Press newspaper.

Police backed the finding, with senior sergeant Gordon Spite telling the newspaper the music “created an environment that is conducive to good behaviour”.

Lonsdale said the best anti-crime music blended into the background and had no noticeable beat.

He told Radio NZ the business association had considered playing Barry Manilow through the speakers when it began the programme 12 months ago but decided against it as it may drive customers away.

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About steveblizard

Steve Blizard commenced his financial planning career in 1988 from a background of life insurance broking, a field in which he still works. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association and the Responsible Investment Association. His experience ranges from administration of Superannuation to advice regarding insurance, retirement, remuneration and investment planning. Steve is an accredited Remuneration Consultant, specialising in salary packaging. He is a columnist for the Swan Magazine and the WA Business News


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