New Study Finds That Higher Air Pollution Levels Are Linked to Increased Levels of Crime

According to a new study’s lead author, there are ethical costs as well as criminal costs associated with toxic air. The toxic air in the environment could have implications beyond the previously published connections between health and the environment. Anxiety and stress caused by living in areas with high levels of air pollution have been connected to a link in violent crimes, according to a research published in the journal Psychological Science. These violent crimes include burglary and robbery. Researchers looked at EPA data for more than 9,000 cities across a nine-year period in conjunction with FBI crime statistics. They identified that after accounting for differences in poverty rates and police numbers, areas that had lower air quality saw higher average levels of crime. For this reason, authorities in this area may be more interested in targeting those people who have allegedly committed a crime. The researchers come from the University of Michigan, the Harvard Business School and the Columbia Business School, and noted that anxiety alone was not the only connection between crime and air pollution.

The theory of broken windows also applied in the research. This concludes that low-level disorderly behavior, like vandalism or public drinking, can lead to an overall increase in crime, as well as all anti-social behavior. And this could also be linked to a connection in crime overall. If you or someone you know has already been accused of a crime and needs to fight back against these charges to protect yourself, schedule a consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to make sure you can explore all options to resolve the case. Working with the prosecution and determining the value of the evidence they have can support you and your case significantly.

Plenty of studies have looked at the connection between the environment, both the physical environment and the family home, as a pathway towards likelihood for crime. This can mean, however, that someone innocent is targeted in an authority’s pursuit of solving a case. It can also mean that an accused person’s rights are violated during an arrest or when evidence is collected and entered for the case directly.