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