For her science fair project, a Bay Area eighth grader linked the successful playoff run of the San Francisco Giants and a dramatic drop in crime in the Bay Area last October.
Ella Chatfield-Stiehler crunched crime numbers, comparing data from October 2009 and October 2010.
She discovered that auto thefts in San Francisco dropped from 320 in October 2009 to 220 in October 2010. Car burglaries dropped from 900 to 600.
Chatfield-Stiehler credited the drop in crime directly to the success of the Giants and the excitement it created.
“A likely interpretation is that auto theft and auto burglary went down because there were more people on the street walking to and from bars or restaurants, standing outside between innings or celebrating. Because of this presence on the street, people had less opportunity to break into or steal cars.”
It’s a good theory. But perhaps there are others.
Maybe the criminals were just too busy cheering on the Giants to break into cars.
But MoreSplashHits believes the criminals weren’t Giants at all. And because of that, they knew they would be very conspicuous if they broke into a car.
Can you just imagine the ABP?
“All units, be on the lookout for a white male, 5-foot-11, 175 pounds who is NOT wearing a bright orange shirt, false black beard or panda hat.”
Talk about sticking out like a sore thumb.