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Classical Music Helps Fight Crime In New Zealand

Classical Music Helps Fight Crime In New Zealand

Classical Music Helps Fight Crime In New Zealand

Classical Music Helps Fight Crime In New Zealand. Since speakers began playing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music at the City Centre Mall in Christchurch, New Zealand, the number of petty crimes and anti-social incidents inside the mall fell from 77 incidents a week in October 2008 to just two incidents in the same week a year later. Not only this, but drug and alcohol-related incidents also fell from 16 in 2008 to zero this year. “The classical music is soothing on the ear. We try not to play anything with a beat because that is more noticeable. Classical music is known for reducing anti-social behaviour,” according to Central City Business Association manager Paul Lonsdale, told local newspaper the Press, adding that, “It is much more pleasant now. People sit in that area now because they feel safer.”Mozart was also played in the surrounding streets of Oxford Tce, Manchester, Hereford and Lichfield streets, producing the same results. Senior Sergeant Gordon Spite, officer in charge of the city centre police beat section, said the music has led to a transformation from chaos to civility, “If you go into an area that is uncared for and knocked around there is a clear message that no-one cares and you can do what you like. There are no rules. The music has had quite a calming affect on things. A more diverse group of people use it now than before.”

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