Are you an Aries? I’ve got bad news for you. You’re going to jail. The Chatham-Kent Police Department divided their inmates by astrology signs and found that people born under the sign Aries were more likely to get arrested.
According to the National Post, 1,986 people have been arrested by the Chatham-Kent Police Department so far this year. 203 of those people were born under the sign of Aries.
In a news release, the Chatham-Kent Police Service said:
“To provide an interesting astrological perspective, an algorithm was applied to all the arrestees’ dates of birth.”
Const. Michael Pearce, a police spokesman admits that the list may not by the key to a “Minority Report” crime system.
“You can’t really read too much into it. I don’t comment too much on the Zodiac stuff because I don’t want any backlash about it. I am not drawing any conclusions about it.”
But just because the police don’t see the value in such a list doesn’t mean that the pattern isn’t there. Georgia Nicols, who writes the National Post’s horoscope, said that it isn’t surprising to her that Aries are arrested the most.
“Aries is the sign of the warrior. Aries rules the military. Aries jump in head first, and love adventure. A lot of people in the newsroom are Aries.”
So are Aries more drawn to crime? It’s hard to say. Adolf Hitler was an Aries, but so are Celine Dion and Al Gore. Some of the most ruthless killers in American history also don’t align with the report from the Chatham-Kent Police Department. Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was a Gemini, which ranked 8th on the list, and Ted Bundy was a Sagittarius, the sign that had the least amount of people in jail.
So are astrology signs linked to criminal activity? I have no idea. And either does Dr. Anthony Doob, a professor of criminology at the University of Toronto. Doob said:
“I have no idea whether people born at particular times of the year are more likely to be arrested than anyone else. You would have to look at whether there is some consistency across time. My guess is that that, just from listening to the radio, there is not a whole lot going on anywhere, so someone produced this data.”
Do you read your daily horoscope? Will your sign lead you to prison?