Do discount supermarkets increase crime?

Emma Woollacott
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The opening of a discount superstore could seem like good news for a disadvantaged area - but it can lead to an increase in crime, a new study shows.

Walmart - which owns the UK's ASDA supermarket chain - has a tendency to build in areas which already have higher-than-average crime levels, the US researchers say. But, they found, as new Walmart stores opened during the 1990s, levels of crime locally fell much less than in other comparable areas.