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(KTRK) Alief is throwing shade at crime in hopes that planting new trees will help protect the neighborhood.
The Alief area 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%.
Longtime Alief resident and president of Clayton Homes HOA, Terry Jones, says she thinks more shade in the area will be a big help.
“If we can cool things off, give people something to do that’s outside that’s going to engage them. The commissioner has so many projects that are in the…Alief officials aim to prevent crime with project that aims to plant 1,200 new trees along 17 miles of roadway – ABC13 Houston