Why has the crime rate plummeted?
Here is a possible reason and an article with some other possibilities.
"The intriguing new theory suggests that the arrival of mobile phones made holding territory less important, which reduced intergang conflict and lowered profits from drug sales."
Crime began to decline in the early 1990's and has continued. But why? Besides cell phones, other theories were suggested.
"...Brennan Center’s Justice Program did a large-scale review of the crime decline several years ago. For the period from 1990 to 1999, the Brennan Center found that all the following factors combined explained only about a quarter of the drop: increased incarceration, increased police numbers, aging population, growth in income, decreased alcohol consumption, and unemployment. They also concluded that the decrease in environmental lead exposure and crack use and the increase in abortions “possibly” had some effect."
Why are crime rates falling?