What will the year 2017 bring in the form of nuisance crimes, such as vandalism and graffiti? Where do these small but costly infractions fit in with the budget?
Policing is an important safety measure that ensures quality life for the citizens of every city. Without policing, there is chaos. Unfortunately, there are those who intimidate the weak and the defenseless, and without our police, there is a “Lord of the Flies” mentality. In a civilized nation, we have come to expect safety when walking to the grocery store, when taking the kids to the park to play, or when walking the dog around the block. If we do not have police and laws, the freedoms we now enjoy will only be free in theory.
After the horrendous November 27, 2016 shooting at Bourbon Street, police are increasing their presence in the French Quarter. Besides extra staffing , cameras have also been placed in strategic places. The city is making it known that extra measures are being put in place.
With the police having to deal with these bigger issues, how will the problem of graffiti and vandalism be handled? Will there be enough police to patrol the secluded areas around the city to stop the blight that brings down the quality of life, through unsightly markings and broken windows?
According to the Center for Evidence-Base Crime Policy, there have been evaluations for the last 20 years that focus on crime and disorder in “hot spots”. Accordingly, focusing on a hot spot can include many approaches for a solution. With the police being tasked with larger issues, the department will have to be creative with the resources available to them. The evidence to reduce the nuisance crimes, such as graffiti, vandalism and loitering seems to be very convincing. Ridding the city of defacement either in the form of illegal drawings or the destruction of property will help with the overall policing in the area and should be considered in the budget.