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A jail in Rotterdam circulated fresh, orange scents through its ventilation units and noticed a drop in inmate aggression and cell fighting.   Rotterdam has one of the highest violent crime rates in the Netherlands.  How can scent be used to enhance

A jail in Rotterdam circulated fresh, orange scents through its ventilation units and noticed a drop in inmate aggression and cell fighting. Rotterdam has one of the highest violent crime rates in the Netherlands. How can scent be used to enhance

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The Hills are Alive, with the Sound of...Safety?  As you walk through the boulevard of Lancaster, California you'll hear birds chirping, water streaming, and piano notes echoing not only to sooth your stroll but to calm would-be criminals.  The sound

The Hills are Alive, with the Sound of...Safety? As you walk through the boulevard of Lancaster, California you'll hear birds chirping, water streaming, and piano notes echoing not only to sooth your stroll but to calm would-be criminals. The sound

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Ryan commented on The Sound of Safety

Ivy - There's quite a bit of research actually from some quick searches I found. You're right there is a lot of research on scents affecting shopping habits (orange is the way to go)
http://www.psmag.com/navigation/business-economics/how-scent-marketing-changes-shopping-behavior-50247/
Here's an even more relevant article about scent's where a jail in the Netherlands pumped orange aromas throughout the ventilation systems for a four week study and reduced aggression and fighting in the cells.
http://openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/common-scents-aromas-that-calm-soothe
All our senses really affect safety, how can we use all five to the advantage of urban safety? Excited to see what ideas come up in the next phase!

Jason - Thanks so much for this interview about neighborhood watch programs. I found this presentation that reviewed the effectiveness of neighborhood watch programs across the U.S. that you may find interesting.
http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Publications/e040825133-res-review3.pdf
A key thing I missed when thinking about neighborhood watch programs was how they need to regularly communicate with existing law enforcement to really nurture community safety. Audree F. wrote a great write-up about improving relations with local police below:
http://openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/improving-relations-between-the-police-and-local-communities
Excited to see how we can pull these insights into the Idea phase. Thanks again Jason for the interview.

Shauna thanks for sharing some of this great primary research! There has been a bunch of discussion about how apps may not be the most feasible solution given the circumstances about smartphones in the population and also state of the infrastructure. Excited to see how these design constraints will push us all to truly innovate and spark creative solutions.

To turn these constraints on their head though:
-Could we use the small population WITH smartphones to champion safety somehow and act as hubs?
-How might we use the # of cellphones to our advantage maybe not technology but even awareness through where cellphone distribution channels?