Are you safer with a cell phone?

Are you safer with a cell phone?
A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania Law School and George Mason University suggests that one of the contributing factors to an overall drop in crime in the 1990s was the rise of the cell phone, especially in the areas of rape and assault.

Citing a sizable reduction in crime rates for the 10 year period of 1991 to 2001, and positing that an individual “commits a crime if the expected benefits of the crime exceed the costs,” as well as understanding that criminals will also take into account the likelihood of getting caught, the presence of mobile phones increases the chances of a perpetrator getting identified and caught. The study cites a number of variables that contribute to that hypothesis.

Obviously, the near ubiquitous presence of mobile phones makes it next to impossible for a crime to be unreported. When you add in the fact that most phones also have cameras, it also makes it very likely that criminals will get identified. We know this having seen dim-bulbs video recording their own transgressions and then putting those videos on YouTube. 

The study is an overall analysis of available statistics for that time, and it admits that it is not making a claim with regards to the causality of an increase in mobile phones resulting in a reduction in crime. What is also not pointedly discussed in the study is the effect of the post-Cold War economic growth the US enjoyed during that time. Also not discussed is that the increase in mobile phone use overall would also correlate to an increase in the use of the technology by criminal enterprises, thus making it harder to catch them, thus an unreported crime.

What we know from our own experience however, is that mobile phones make it very easy to communicate in all ways, including the ability to record and report criminal activity. That same technology helps both edges of the sword however, so it is a good idea to remember the basics when considering personal safey.

via: Mashable

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6 Comments

1. androidisbaws

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

Safer with an android, yes. Everyone's always trying to steal iPhones. Can't imagine why.

2. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Did PA really write "rape and assault"?!?!!?!??

6. apexKBC

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

more resale value.... or i can say androids r available on a low priced to a high priced product.... and iphones r already at high values, hence..

3. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Not safe at all! I can't stop putting my L920 down. Losing sleep, costing my health. I can't even pooop with out my L920.

4. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I don't think a cell phone gonna stop you or anybody from getting shot or mugged or whatever. But behaving safely and knowing signs of danger will keep you safe

5. PointMaza

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

yeah im safe n alive.. :D

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