Numerous investigations have shown that, as a general rule, increasing environmental light levels can lead to a decrease in outdoor crime rates. By extension then, one might think that bright moonlit nights would feature less crime than when it’s overcast. But one might be wrong. A new study by Jacob Kaplan at the University of Pennsylvania – Jerry Lee Center of Criminology, and published via the Social Science Research Network comes to a conclusion that some might find counterintuitive.
“The ﬁndings indicate that a small amount of light can increase crime.
[e.g. from the Moon]
The mechanisms for why this is so are unclear.”
*Note : Strictly speaking, moonlight is actually sunlight (that’s been reflected by the Moon)
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