A widely influential concept in criminology and policing method called the “Broken Windows Theory” holds that keeping an urban area maintained (for instance, fixing a broken window) and monitoring the area with a focus on deterring nuisance crimes (illegal trash dumping, vandalism, graffiti), helps create an atmosphere of law-abiding order. This in turn helps prevent major crimes from occurring.
New York Police Commissioner William Bratton states the goal is to “[s]top the behavior when it’s small, stop the cancer when it’s small.” Not only does this proactive crime prevention approach create a safer, healthier community, it also increases property value while saving the city hundreds of thousands of dollars on repairs and maintenance costs to reverse extensive damages before the situation grows to an unmanageable condition.
Bring the community onboard to help fight crime, strengthen neighborhood ties and reduce fear by giving the residents peace of mind that they are being protected. Strategically utilize crime deterrence devices for maximum benefit and help to prevent a climate conducive to serious crimes. Take back your neighborhoods and urban environments for safe, healthy, vibrant community life.