Dog Parks Cut Crime
As this map shows, crime in the area around Lakeview Park is high. In June 2011, there were three strong arm robberies during daylight hours within walking distance. Police departments across the country (and globe), are recognizing that taking a mostly unused spot and turning it into a dog park decreases crime, simply because people are using the space, and walking to and from it. Safety in numbers, and more eyes on the street.
Washington, DC: [Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein] explain[s] that the park he’s referencing might actually work because a dog park, playground, etc. will create a place people will use and that alone deters crime.”
Boston, MA: “It’s an effective tool,’’ said Boston police Superintendent William B. Evans, who heads the department’s bureau of field services. “People with dogs who are out in the neighborhood – that’s more eyes and ears for us.’’
Gahanna, OH: Deputy Chief of Police Ken Bell says dog owners at their dog park have been instrumental in curbing crime, “I think it’s just strength in numbers. A number of people down there with their dogs, and there’s a tendency to keep away that criminal element.”
England: “Scheme organisers are hoping that as more people are out and about potential criminals will be deterred from committing a crime as they will be less likely to break into a house or car if someone is walking past.”