Violent crime fell sharply in the United States last year, and experts are pinning the falling numbers on a greying population, high unemployment — even Barack Obama’s election. [...]
[...] “One factor is that the population is aging,” said James Fox, a criminal justice professor at Northeastern University in Boston.
“The fastest growing segment of the population is people above 50. The baby-boomer generation is certainly not violence-prone,” he said, referring to people born between 1948 and 1962.
Some 94 million Americans — around a third of the population — are over 50, according to Census Bureau data. [...]
[...] “Higher unemployement rates mean people are more likely to be at home, and burglars tend to avoid occupied households,” Rosenfeld told AFP.
“So the more people at home, the fewer the burglaries.” [...]
[...] “It’s certainly possible that Obama’s hope and change message has affected that segment of the population and has worked to prevent some crime. That’s speculation and needs to be pursued in research — and a number of us are doing that.”
But if experts find there is an Obama effect, Rosenfeld cautioned it will not last forever.
“If there is an Obama effect, I don’t expect it to last much beyond 2009,” he said.
“When the hope and change rhetoric settles down a bit, the crooks will get back to business.” [END]
So, I guess Obama DID affect violent crime. 17.2% are unemployed now so the folks are home and no one can just attack at home, right?
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