Study links fall in street crime and low traffic neighbourho
Introducing low traffic neighbourhoods in Waltham Forest has led to an overall reduction of street crime, particularly violent and sexual offences, according to a study by academics Anna Goodman and Rachel Aldred.
The research shows there was a 10% fall in street crime over one year, which compares “favourably” with other parts of the borough and other “relative” outer London areas where low traffic measures have not been implemented, states the study. There is no indication that crime was displaced from low traffic neighbourhoods to adjacent areas, say the authors.
Street crime fell by 18% in a three-year period since the implementation of low traffic measures. “An even larger reduction was observed for violence and sexual offences, the most serious subcategory of crime,” says the report.