Fighting Crime by Going Cashless

How does a government program that uses debit cards to pay public benefits result in less street crime?
Debit cards: high-tech crime fighters. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Since the early 1990s, crime rates have generally been falling in the U.S. In particular, there has been a big drop in the incidence of robbery, burglary and larceny. How come?

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