One study comparing 98 apartment buildings in an inner-city neighborhood indicated that residents with higher amounts of nearby nature reported fewer violent and minor crimes, and fewer incivilities.
A similar survey of an urban California community found 90% of property crimes occurred in areas without vegetation.
Her son Damian, a computer science student, unsuccessfully spent three hours trying to unlock the computer.
Strong community relationships increase the likelihood that individuals will work together to achieve common goals, exchange information, and maintain informal social controls, which leads to cleaner and safer public spaces, less crime, and can have a positive impact on public health.
Recent studies demonstrate that green spaces in urban areas may actually decrease violent and property crimes in neighborhoods.
For the first time, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has collated its scam data with the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) to give a clearer picture of just how much Australians are being ripped off.
ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said the combined data showed investment scams caused $41 million in losses, with $6.3 million lost by victims over the age of 55."Investment scams come in many different guises including business ventures, superannuation schemes, managed funds and the sale or purchase of shares or property," she told the ABC."One of the reasons is Australia has been in a low interest rate environment for quite some period now, and retirees or those approaching retirement are really concerned about how they can grow their retirement fund, so we think that may be making them more vulnerable to scams."We also think that scammers target countries like Australia, they're aware of our superannuation schemes, they realise people have money to invest later in life and that we're a wealthy country."Dating and romance scams are still causing big headaches for victims and authorities, with $55 million lost last year.
The trees and vegetation in natural areas and green spaces improve water quality and air quality, particularly in larger cities, which has been connected to lower rates of asthma and wheezing in urban populations.