- California is thinking about getting rid of Daylight Savings Time, and criminals are very excited by the proposition.
- A study was done that showed that daylight savings time has decreased crime by around 50%.
- Longer hours of light means that crime has to happen later in the night, giving criminals only a handful of hours of darkness.
Support for the elimination of Daylight Savings Time has taken over the city of Sacramento, but the majority of supporters may surprise you.
It isn’t politicians or the working class that is excited by the idea of losing Daylight Savings Time, it’s criminals.
Daylight Savings Time was first implemented in Germany in 1916. They were hoping to save their energy during World War I. In 1918 the U.S. followed suit. Originally it was farmers who lobbied against the idea. They have to wake up with the sun and their animals and claimed it was disruptive to their daily work. Whereas, the retail industry and consumers loved the idea because it gave them more waking hours in the day.
Yet now, the Republican Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Assemblyman Kansen Chu and the Democrat majority are moving to pass AB-385: Daylight Savings Time. This bill would get rid of the advancing of “the standard time by one hour during the period commencing at 2 a.m. on the 2nd Sunday of March of each year and ending at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November of each year.”
Chu, in an interview with the Sacramento Bee, said that he wants to eliminate daylight savings time because caregivers are complaining. They are saying that “this one-hour difference really impacted their lives.” He also claimed that there have been studies that show that the loss of an hour of sleep due to time change has elevated health risks.
Although, daylight savings time has also been connected to the reduction of “robbery by 51 percent, murder by 43 percent and rape by 56 percent during the “extra” hour of evening daylight,” in a study done by the University of Virginia’s Frank Bratten School of Leadership and Public Policy’s.
Daylight Savings Time means more sunlight throughout the day, which means that criminals are less likely to commit crimes. Why? Because more light means more witnesses, more witness means it’s more likely to get caught. No criminal since the beginning of time has ever wanted to be caught.
Who knows, maybe daylight savings time is protecting us.