Thanks recession! Burglaries down because army of unemployeds sit at home all day


Most Americans underestimate the jobless public's stealth, desperation, and love of television.

Because there are more and more of us loafing around sending resumes from home, the number of burglaries has decreased in cities ranging from Minneapolis to Boston and Los Angeles to Chicago.

“With a lot more unemployed people, a lot more people are staying home, and they see more in their neighborhood,” said Sgt. Thomas Lasater, who supervises the burglary unit of the police department in St. Louis County, Mo., where authorities recorded a whopping 35 percent drop in burglaries during the first six months of 2009.

These statistics are shocking for two reasons.  The first is that, unlike other crimes like homicide, robbery and rape, burglaries were ” actually rising between 2007 and 2008, and experts expected that trend to continue as the recession dragged on and unemployment rose,” the AP reports.

This news also goes against common logic that crime often rises in proportion to a terrible economy.

Richard Rosenfeld, a sociologist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis who has studied crime trends, said rates typically rise during a recession, especially property crimes.

“We’ve seen that in every single recession in the U.S. at least since the ’50s,” he said. “I would have expected by now some upward movement in burglary numbers.”

So, you’re welcome, America. It’s because of stalwart unemployeds like us that your TVs are still there to help you pass the time research job trends.