Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Rioters Aren't As Irrational As You Might Think

This is interesting but in a weird kind of way: There was a piece over at The Atlantic Cities that reported on a study of how rioters act that found similarities between rioters and shoppers. 
Rioters in search of retail to loot make rational decisions just like shoppers do about where to find the good stuff and how far they’re willing to travel to get there. And this means that the spatial layout of a city may be just as important as its social dynamics in explaining the rise and spread of riots. 
Via The Atlantic Cities
Given this finding, it might be prudent for police agencies that face the threat of riots to locate those areas that rioters might target and plan accordingly.

I'm just glad I don't have to face rampaging shoppers.

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