When you think about it, wherever there's enhanced patrol, the police have to get there by coming through the adjacent areas. Would-be offenders don't know the technical boundaries of the hotspot. So it appears that [they] are erring on the side of caution and reducing activity in the more general area.We're reminded of Adam Gopnik's recent piece in The New Yorker on mass incarceration, in which he argues that shrinking crime may not be the gargantuan task it seems:
"Crime is a routine behavior; it's a thing people do when they get used to doing it." And therein lies its essential fragility.... Conservatives don't like this view because it shows that being tough doesn't help; liberals don't like it because apparently being nice doesn't help, either. Curbing crime does not depend on reversing social pathologies or alleviating social grievances; it depends on erecting small, annoying barriers to entry.So far, at least in our city, that seems to be true.
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