Can the FULL MOON affect crime in South Africa?
Does FULL MOON affect crime potential? Studies show the answer might be yes. Here’s what you should know about full moons and the law.
The full moon is worth staying up late for.
According to the Sleep Foundation, the brighter moon can even be one of the reasons why some people can’t sleep.
But does the moon have anything to do with higher crime potential?
Mark your calendars for the next bright sky event. Here’s what you should know about safety and security during moon events.
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29 SEPTEMBER: FULL MOON
The Southern Hemisphere sees its next full moon on the 29th and 30th of September.
Full moons that occur at the September/October time of the year are called the Harvest Moon. Harvest moons happen during the time of the year.
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According to gardening guides, now is the perfect time of year to plant vegetables – although South Africa’s current weather might mean gardeners should wait until the weather clears up.
This isn’t the only thing to watch out for: the celestial event might also have an impact on criminal events.
DOES THE FULL MOON AFFECT CRIME?
According to a 1984 study, the full moon could increase the potential for criminal acts.
The moon doesn’t mean that people are more likely to commit crime. Unfortunately, the bright sky allows criminals to see better at night.
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WHY CRIMES ARE MORE LIKELY
According to Science Direct, crime goes up during full moon events because people can simply see better.
It’s easier to commit certain crimes (like break-ins) when criminals don’t need added lights to see what they’re doing. Be more aware, and know when the next cycle is going to be!
Always be careful and follow basic safety tips. Secure your home, and make sure that you have the most important information like the local SAPS number.