The Broken Window Theory
The model focuses on the importance of disorder (e.g., broken windows) in generating and sustaining more serious crime. The disorder is not directly linked to serious crime; instead, disorder leads to increased fear and withdrawal from residents, which then allows more serious crime to move in because of decreased levels of .
The concern with the is that officers must decide whether an arrest is appropriate and many police stops and encounters with citizens in do not end in arrest. As opposed to a only on arresting all minor offenders.
The broken windows model suggests a long term indirect link between disorder enforcement and a reduction in serious crime and so existing evaluations may not be appropriately evaluating broken windows interventions. If there is a link between disorder enforcement and reduction in serious crime generated by increased informal social control from residents, we would expect it would take some time for these levels of social control in the community to increase. Policing studies usually use short-follow up periods and so may not capture these .
What other types of pros and cons do you see with the broken window theory?
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