The Great Power of Classical Music Cuts Crime in New Zealand City

The Mozart Effect keeping taggers away in Chch Security guards in central Christchurch say the number of violent petty crimes and anti-social behaviour reports have reduced dramatically. In just two years police call outs have gone from more than 100 a month to almost nothing and classical music could be the key. Eighteenth Century classical music can be heard all day long in Christchurch’s City Mall. Authorities are using it as their secret weapon to clear crime and thuggery off the street. Using “The Mozart Effect” to lower crime is not uncommon; classical music is played to deter taggers in Auckland, and since the music was introduced in Christchurch last year, bad behaviour has dramatically reduced. In October 2008 there were

77 reports of antisocial behaviour; in October this year there were only two. It’s the same for drug and alcohol related offences; in 2008 there were 16, last month there were none and theft reports have gone from 35 two years ago to zero this year. Police say the music’s not there to stop people from coming to the mall it’s about making sure everyone feels comfortable in the space. “There’s all sorts of people in the area and they have got just as much right to come into town as anyone else it’s just when their rights are seen to over bare or over power others,” police say. It’s not just authorities who have noticed a change in area; there are more than 100 businesses in the mall and they say they and their customers feel safer and more relaxed since Mozart has moved in. The music is said to have a calming effect on the mall and that’s attracting a more diverse group of people to the inner city. By Kloe Palmer Source:    ~ Christchurch (Māori: Ōtautahi) is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the country’s second-largest urban area. It lies one third of the way down the South Island’s east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula which itself, since 2006, lies within the

formal limits of Christchurch. The city was named by the Canterbury Association, which settled the surrounding province of Canterbury. The name of Christchurch was agreed on at the first meeting of the association on 27 March 1848. It was suggested by John Robert Godley, who had attended Christ Church, Oxford. Some early writers called the town Christ Church, but it was recorded as Christchurch in the minutes of the management committee of the association. Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter on 31 July 1856, making it officially the oldest established city in New Zealand. The river that flows through the centre of the city (its banks now largely forming an urban park) was named Avon at the request of the pioneering Deans brothers to commemorate the Scottish Avon, which rises in the Ayrshire hills near what was their grandfathers’ farm and flows into the Clyde. The usual Māori name for Christchurch is Ōtautahi (“the place of Tautahi”). This was originally the name of a specific site by the Avon River near present-day Kilmore Street and the Christchurch Central Fire Station. The site was a seasonal dwelling of Ngāi Tahu chief Te Potiki Tautahi, whose main home was Port Levy on Banks Peninsula. The Ōtautahi name was adopted in the 1930s. Prior to that the Ngāi Tahu generally referred to the Christchurch area as Karaitiana, a transliteration of the English name. ~  GoodNews International. In the following video the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467, Elvira Madigan . Piano C Lang, Peter Capella Istropolitana

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