Conventional wisdom holds that when the economy nosedives, crime rises. But several cities are seeing the opposite, the Associated Press reports. In Bridgeport, Conn., for example, the economic slump of the early 1990s coincided with record homicides. When economic conditions improved toward the end of the decade, violent crime fell.
The drop-off in the stock market in 2000 brought tough economic times to Bridgeport. Since then, the region has lost more than 8,000 manufacturing jobs and city unemployment has more than doubled. Violent crime, meanwhile, has fallen 32 percent.