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Fighting Crime, One Tree at a Time

We've heard of dogs being decent safeguards against unexpected intruders and hi-tech alarm systems even more effective. But who would have ever thought that an increased number of trees in a neighborhood correlates with a decrease in crime in the area? That's what researchers from the University of Vermont and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service concluded in their recent study of Baltimore. If the results can be applied nationwide, then one would expect that our tree-hugging city would be safe as be, right? Well, bad news for us, our tree canopy has dwindled within the past 35 years, halving from 40 percent to below 20 percent. Better invest in a rottweiler or start planting away...[GC]