Tag Archives: crime

Icy Invasions at Homeless Shelters

If you are lucky enough to have a home, you don’t want a criminal lurking in your neighborhood. And if you’re unlucky enough to be homeless, you don’t want a criminal sleeping next to you in a homeless shelter.

A Bridge Over Troubled Streets

Build a bridge over a road just so his snooty residents don’t have to walk past impoverished people on the streets? Are L.A.’s streets really so bad that developers need to bypass them completely?

Could Ending Homelessness Reduce Crime?

He lived in his car tucked alongside a gentrified residential street just blocks from the Pacific Ocean. He was an unknown person, like most of the people living on the streets, until he was accused of an atrocious crime: mowing down innocent people who were simply strolling along a world-renowned beach, and running over people […]

Fixing Broken Windows Doesn’t fix Broken People

Recently, one of the fathers of the broken window theory on fighting crime passed away. Most criminologists thought James Q. Wilson was the guru of law enforcement agencies around the country for his well-known work on community policing.

Along with co-author George L. Kelling, Wilson proposed that in order for a community to prevent major crime like murder or robbery, neighborhoods needed to reduce minor crime, like broken windows and graffiti. It made sense. If a neighborhood doesn’t respond to a window that is broken from thrown rocks, criminals see such neglect as a welcome mat for crime.