Study: Trees reduce crime in urban cities

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A new study shows that trees can help reduce crime in urban cities.

The New York Restoration Project study spanned more than 10 years and focused on urban communities in New York City.

The findings showed that areas that increased the number of trees saw up to 200 fewer felonies per year.

Arborist Jeff Hillman from The Care of Trees says one of the reasons this holds true is because caring for parks removes disorder and sends a message to residents that the community is valued.

“It's a place where people can build relationships and enjoy nature and enjoy being outside,” he says.

Research also shows that trees can increase property values and decrease energy bills.

“Trees are an important part of the community that show an established community, and people come outside more,” says Paul Cashman of Larchmont.

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