At the end of July in Tacoma, Washington new speakers were installed at the Transit Center. Fed up with gang activity, city officials decided to start pumping Bach, Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven at the bus stop.
Changing potential crime scenes by pouring in positively charged sounds is not new. It’s been used in England for the past two years, with great results.
The tactic in Tacoma is based on jolting the routine of drug dealers and criminals with something so different, and so good for you, that it throws off their routine. Like a good boxer or wrestler who surprises his opponent, classical music is now being used to ‘mix up’ the scene in a crime-ridden environment.
If the constant playing of this high frequency music reduces disorder, speakers may be installed in more bus stops.
I can see the headline – Classical Music Chases Away Gangs. Gotta love that one.
What’s funny is that beautiful music is most likely NOT palatable to troublemakers – so, they may flee and hang out somewhere else.
The effect these calming sounds have on everyone may surprise transit authorities. Will passengers feel safer? Most likely. Mozart, Haydn and Bach’s melodies go directly to the source – our subconscious mind. There’s nothing like stillness to wake you up and bring you to your senses.
It’s a wonderful thing to see city officials wake up and embrace the immense resources classical music has to offer. Whether it’s used for crowd control, to deter crime, or to calm people on a subway train, these positive sounds do wonders - no matter where they are played.
Now it’s YOUR turn to use this resource – it’s gentle, easy and immediate.
Tania Gabrielle French