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 […]
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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.