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Classics cut crime
WELLINGTON: Classical music piped through speakers has dramatically reduced crime rates in the centre of New Zealand’s second largest city, retailers said yesterday.
They said the introduction of soothing music from composers such as Mozart had seen the number of antisocial incidents attended by security guards in Christchurch’s City Mall fall from 86 a week in 2008 to two a week this year.
Central City Business Association manager Paul Lonsdale said the music had helped residents and retailers reclaim the mall. ‘‘It is much more pleasant now.
People sit in that area now because they feel safer,’’ Mr Lonsdale said.
Police backed the finding, with senior sergeant Gordon Spite saying it ‘‘created an environment that is conducive to good behaviour’’. AP
classics – music written according to standard European forms or structures by people such as Mozart and Beethoven เพลงคลาสสิค
pipe (music) – to play music through a loudspeaker system
reduce – to make something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc ลดลง
dramatically – in a big way อย่างใหญ่หลวง
rate – the level or speed at which something happens or changes, or the amount or number of times it happens or changes in a particular period อัตรา
retailer – a person or company that sells goods directly to the public for their own use ผู้ขายปลีก
soothing – making you feel calm มีลักษณะ (ปลอบ,ปลอบโยน,ปลอบขวัญ,ประโลมใจ,ทำให้บรรเทา,ลด)
composer – someone who writes music นักแต่งเพลง
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
reclaim – to take back something that was yours เรียกกลับคืน, เอากลับ
peasant – enjoyable or attractive in a way that makes you feel pleased and satisfied; friendly น่าสบาย, น่าอยู่, สุภาพเรียบร้อย
back – to support สนับสนุน
sergeant – a police officer of middle rank, below that of inspector จ่า, นายสิบ