Is Broken Windows a Broken Theory of Crime? – Mother Jones

They came up with the theory of broken window which will be further explain in this essay.

Is Broken Windows a Broken Theory of Crime

This concept is proposed in order to capture the ways in which different types of crime are important not just in terms of the harm done to the victim, but also in terms of what they signify and communicate to a wider audience.

The critique of fear of crime encompasses both methodological and conceptual concerns.

Broken Window Theory is outcome of 'Broken Window', ..

(Maguire, Morgan and Reiner, 2012)
This theory however as some have argued has emerged from social disorganisation theory, which sees the causes of crime as a matter of macro level disadvantage.

Really? And the correlation between broken windows and crime is? Broken windows seem to be down by about 80% in the past 6 years – yet we don’t learn a single thing about the decline in crime. Hard to believe it is anywhere close to that number. We have also had snowier winters – perhaps that is due to windows keeping the heat in more effectively? Can we get a statistician or unbiased social scientist to comment?


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For example, between 1999-2000 the number of offences reported to the British Crime Survey fell by 12%, and whilst there were small reductions in reported levels of fear among some groups in the sample, over 50% of the respondents believed that crime had risen over this period ().

the validity of the 'broken windows' hypothesis, ..

I took a quick look, and they make a reasonable case that there’s no evidence from 2010-2015 that so-called quality-of-life policing has any effect in reducing serious crime, hence there’s a good case for doing less of this sort of harassment of citizens on the street, given that, as they say in the report: “Issuing summonses and making misdemeanor arrests are not cost free. The cost is paid in police time, in an increase in the number of people brought into the criminal justice system and, at times, in a fraying of the relationship between the police and the communities they serve.”

What is the Broken Windows Hypothesis.

I am also wondering where these numbers came from, and if this could be teased out by Borough. While the city overall may be showing this trend… I think we need to shine a spotlight on Boroughs or neighborhood where the hypothesis doens’t hold true… and why not.

“Broken windows” theory, in the white collar crime context, ..

But I don’t know how relevant this is to claims about the effectiveness of quality-of-life or “broken windows” policing in the past. The argument was that quality-of-life policing was necessary in the 1970s/80s/90s because the law was not widely respected. Now that behaviors, attitudes, and expectations have changed, perhaps an intense level of quality-of-life policing no longer has the effect it had earlier. So it’s possible that the ramping-up of those sorts of police actions was a good idea in the 1990s, and that the ramping-down is a good idea now.

Carrots, Sticks, and Broken Windows | The Journal of …

This suggests that the relationship hypothesized by the broken windows literature may exist, and that police may be able to indirectly reduce fear of crime by reducing disorder.