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The Broken Windows Research Paper Graffiti on walls, trash in the sidewalks, loitering in the corner, drunks roaming in the streets and prostitutes attracting customers on the same sidewalks children walk to school on. From a certain perspective, it is viewed as minor crime something the community shouldn’t worry about. Sooner or later though that graffiti attracts more territorial vandals fighting for dominance over the streets, probably the worst trash there is. The worst thing that will occur however is still to come, the community will no longer feel at home and feel more and more distant, the city gives an image that no one cares,(community policing, pg. 64) and the citizens will start feeling the same and feel as if everything bad can get tolerated, crime rates go up and morale goes down. However there is something that can be done, a phenomenon that will give end to this non sense and incivilities; The Broken Windows theory. The Broken Windows theory introduced by social scientist James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling states that in order to maintain control of crime in the community. Law enforcement should enforce small crimes (“petty”) in order to prevent bigger crimes from happening. Law enforcement prevents small crimes by emphasizing aggressive enforcement, sweeps, arrests, tickets, and using tactics such as directed patrol and selective enforcement. One in which you deter the crime problem by heavy policing which is usually more expensive to a department. The other; selective enforcement, the concept is to enforce law by arrest and citations.
Just like theory's it has its pros and its cons, it followers and people who unapproved of it. The cons in this theory are the sharp fast drops in crimes in the short terms and stops big crimes from occurring like gang-drug distribution, rapes, and violence. It also has its critics, that state that the Broken…...

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