It's stories like this that make me glad there are some extremely smart people doing a lot of thinking about how to reduce crime and make communities safer. Stanford University had a piece on their website that looked a research being conducted by a Stanford mathematician that looked at how a crime wave spreads in a community and factors that retard the spread.
Because an anti-crime environment is necessary for waves to be stoppable in the first place, Rodríguez said, the model suggests that it's necessary to "change the perspective of the population."
"It's not enough to crack down on crime without changing the attitude of the community," she said. "It's not just that the more police presence you have, the better it is."