So, apparently, Lauren Conrad, Kristin Cavallari and crew didn’t just waste countless hours of our time when we watched them on “Laguna Beach.” They also sparked a crime wave in their hometown. Two assistant professors at Occidental College were interested in the question of whether reality TV attracted delinquency to an area, and decided to use Laguna Beach as a test case. When they analyzed crime data from the town, they found that between the years of 2004 and 2006, when the show was on the air, that crime did indeed increase. There was an average of 50 more non-residential burglaries a month and about one more rape every three months. Meanwhile, in a nearby almost identical town, there was no spike in crime over this time. Also interesting—that it’s non-residential robberies which increased in Laguna rather than break-ins. Their theory? Because the homes shown on TV were generally gated. [Newser, AOL News]
We wonder what this means for Coto de Caza and Franklin Lakes, home of the Orange County and New Jersey “Real Housewives,” respectively.