iPod + violent crime surge = iCrime

October 21, 2007

This seems more like weak Freakonomics, but …
clipped from www.idsnews.com

Remaining alert while listening to music would serve as deterrent


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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The popularity of iPods and other brands of MP3 players might be the cause for an increase in violent crime, according to a report issued by the Urban Institute.
The report’s authors found that a time period when Apple sold nearly 90 million iPods correlated with the first national crime rate spike in 12 years. They refer to the spike as an iCrime wave.
The report states that from 1993 to 2004, the violent crime rate fell every year – a total decline of 39 percent.
Since then, the crime rate began to rise as more Americans began “visibly wearing, and being distracted by, expensive electronic gear,” according to the study. The report suggests that “iPods are everywhere and … one size fits all.”
“If you walk around with a $100 bill sticking out of your pocket, you increase the likelihood of being targeted by a robber,” Chalfin said.
“the device is a lightning rod for criminals.”
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