Broken Windows Theory

Feb 3rd, 2012
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Broken Windows, written by Kelling and Wilson in 1982, became the catalyst for police agencies to think about the causation of crime and how best to address crime and disorder within communities in a new way. The website link below will direct you to the original article written by these authors. There have subsequently been many crime studies and much has been written about this theory, but it is important to read the original article to best understand the broken window theory. Review the article at the following website and answer the questions below in a total of 2-3 pages using APA style formatting. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1982/03/broken-windows/4465/ 1. What does the term "broken windows" refer to in the context of crime and disorder in communities? 2. What is the role of police when they apply the broken window theory to specific actions on the street? 3. Are so called "broken windows" something that police officers can address alone?

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Broken Windows TheoryNameClassDateProfessorBroken Windows Kelling and Wilson (1982) proposed that crime is the result of neglect or "broken windows" in a neighborhood. When there are broken windows or other signs of disrepair it sends a message to the criminal that people in the community as well as the police do not care about this community. While walking the beat with a foot patrol officers, Kelling was able to get firsthand knowledge as to why foot patrols decrease the fear of community members even if it does not reduce crime. Kelling and Wilson theorized foot patrols help to keep the streets orderly and foot patrol officers become a part of the community and reducing the community member's fear. Part of keeping order in a community is to repair any damage or broken windows, if these broken windows are not repaired more windows will be broken and the area will fall to ruin. In order for crime to be deterred the area must be cared for by members of the community. This includes putting into place the necessary security measures to ensure crime is deterred and fixing the disrepair. If property appears to be abandoned or neglected it will become a target for vandals, delinquents, or criminals. If the abandoned property is not in disrepair and properly secured it will show while empty it is cared for. The Broken Windows Theory finds vandalism or other disorderly crimes can occur in any community where there is neglect. If a prop

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