Houston Planting Trees To Prevent Crime (Yeah, It Doesn’t Make Sense To Us Either)

  • The Alief area of Houston will soon be home to 1,200 new trees, and those planting them say the trees will not only beautify the streets, but help protect them as well.
  • You may be wondering, how can trees help prevent crime? A study published in the Journal of Public Economics found that when temperatures go up, crime does, too.
  • According to Harris County Precinct 4, Alief averages 10 degrees hotter in the summer months than well-shaded areas of Houston. Alief has only an 11% tree canopy, compared to the Houston average of 33%.