Letter by John Blundell in The Sunday Telegraph
The town of Lowell, in Massachusetts, saw crime cut by two thirds when the police chief, Ed Davis, made police patrols the premier job of his officers and made the head of patrol his deputy, to send a clear message to his force about the importance of this function. As crime fell, people began to move back into the city and the price of office and residential properties rose.
John Blundell, Director General, Institute of Economic Affairs.
See also Crime: Economic Incentives and Social Networks