Study: Anti-terror measures at airport also reduced property crimes

In wake of 9/11, new security measures designed to fight terror attacks also reduced cases of larceny


A new study conducted by Grand Valley State University's criminal justice department has founded that the enhanced security measures put in place after 9/11 to prevent terrorist attacks on the nation's airlines have also had the fortunate side benefit of reducing property crimes.

The study examined crime data at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and found that larcenies at O'Hare decreased following the 9/11 attacks and have been "consistently lower than pre-9/11 levels."

Brian Johnson, the professor of criminal justice at Grand Valley State University who spearheaded the study along with assistant professors Christine Yalda and Christopher Kierkus, said that the study links increase in anti-terrorism security measures with overall crime reduction.