Broken Windows

Broken Windows

“Broken Windows” or Incivilities Thesis

In line with Ralph B. Taylor

about Broken Windows in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

The term incivilities thesis refers to a family of closely related, exploratory, problem-solving techniques about the roles played by misdemeanors, uncivil and rowdy behaviors, some delinquent acts, and lack of property and facilities maintenance in urban communities (Taylor, 1999, 2001). Over the past quarter century, theorists and policymakers have enlarged the scope and nature of these roles. During this period of theoretical elaboration, advocates of this perspective have suggested relevant outcomes affected include individual and community fear levels, and changes therein; community crime rates, and changes in those rates; and whether neighborhoods remain stable or enter or accelerate a period of decline. This entry describes this theoretical growth process in brief; outlines shifting reasons behind its popularity; summarizes some criticisms made of these ideas; points to some ongoing areas of conceptual confusion; and highlights relevant, empirical supporting evidence. The seed sprouted in the mid-1970s.

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