For many years, in communities around the globe, studies have shown that in times of recession, crime rates generally go up as a result of lack of jobs, housing and economic resources. When times are tough, sometimes people resort to desperate means of coping, including drug use, theft and even violence.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations issues an >annual report of crime statistics in the United States. Recent reports show that even in the midst of our current recession, in 2009 crime rates have dropped 5% to 8% in cities and towns across the nation. That’s good news for communities everywhere. Things are starting to turn around for the better.
So what’s the explanation for this sudden change in trend? Some experts have suggested that possible causes for the drop in crime rates include “the graying of the population, better policing techniques and more people working from home leaving fewer unpopulated homes vulnerable to burglars.” (Psychology Today, Dec 2009) That’s not surprising considering that there are higher numbers of telecommuters today than at any other part of our history!
Whether you work at home or plan to in the very near future, there may be an added benefit to being a telecommuter – a safer neighborhood. Telecommuters, who typically work from their home offices and public Wi-Fi spots each day, are likely to spot suspected crime in their communities and report it to authorities. In addition, work from home parents are more connected to their children’s activities and goings on around their homes. This gives local police a head start on ending crime and making neighborhoods safer.
Look for more information about this positive trend and the growing benefits of telecommuting, as we head into the New Year!
Tess C Taylor