Both Scott and Lee believe violence of the kind recently seen in South Australia is more common in the bush than the city. In the early 2000s, Lee and his colleagues analysed Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data on crimes across NSW geographically and in terms of population density. "What we found was that, perhaps contrary to popular belief, levels of recorded violence per 100,000 people actually increased as population decreased."
From today's SMH.
Well exactly. Sherlock Holmes knew this; witness his increasing nervousness as he moved from the centre of London into the English countryside (probably not The Adventure of the Dancing Men, but something like it).
And any serious student of human nature could have told you this without recourse to statistics.
UPDATE: Mr Kirsop, I would not have found it without assistance.