According to a recent article by TreeHugger, a Baltimore study found that neighborhoods with larger amounts of tree canopy had lower crime rates. The reason, you ask? Researcher, Geoffrey Donovan, speculated:
We believe that large street trees can reduce crime by signaling to a potential criminal that a neighborhood is better cared for and, therefore, a criminal is more likely to be caught.
Regardless of whether or not trees really do protect us from crime, one thing’s for sure: they definitely make our neighborhoods healthier and more beautiful!