Classical music in public places as a means to reduce crime
Minneapolis station, in the United States, has found an innovative solution for fighting crime: they are now broadcasting classical music in the evenings and through the night, based on findings that claim classical tunes have a calming effect!
The theory that classical music could have a positive impact on public area safety has already been tested in the past. In 2003, a 35% drop in thefts and assaults was achieved in the London underground after implementing the Mayor’s innovative solution of broadcasting classical music around the Tube (source: Atlantico).
So how does it work? Well, on the one hand, classical music is said to have a soothing effect due to its complexity that forces people to concentrate. On the other hand, as Minneapolis police chief A. Olson states, juvenile delinquents are not used to hearing classical music and tend to find it distracting, therefore avoiding it by hanging out in places other than tube stations, which had previously been their territory all too often (source : Star Tribune).
While this solution may seem purely experimental, its main advantage is that it is free for local councils, and is helping to make stations slightly less cold and impersonal.