Essay about The Broken Window Theory And Crime Rates

1251 Words Oct 15th, 2015 null Page
The broken windows theory states that if society or a neighborhood allows people with in the community to commit small crimes then that area will be effected by serious crime in the future. The idea being that the small crimes create an environment that suggests that no one care’s or looks after that community. Making the neighborhood an ideal place to push the limits of the law. In areas of the United States that are exposed to poverty and have a high presence of minorities are associated with high crime rates. These areas are prime examples of how the broken window theory evolves from the social disorganization that exists within their community. These areas are often left uncared for due to the financial inability to properly maintain them. Rubbish is left on the street, panhandlers making money on the corner and beggar’s claiming abandoned store fronts. These are small crimes that seemingly do no harm to others and are often overlooked by authorities because of the non-existent residual effect. The crimes will continue to grow because there is no social controls to regulate the acceptable social behavior. Those in the community see this and crimes continue to evolve with more people involved. Criminal behavior becomes a normal part of life for that area and therefore those in the community do not feel that they have the ability to influence a law abiding culture. The implementation of the broken window theory to law’s and law enforcement has had a positive effect…

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