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Monday October 25th, 2010 :: 11:43 a.m. EDT

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Do You Know About The Broken Windows Theory? See email for full story.

What causes some neighborhoods to thrive, while others decay? It's a question that has fascinated social scientists for decades and led directly to the Broken Windows Theory. The basis of the theory suggests that ignoring the little problems like graffiti, litter, shattered glass, and broken down vehicles - creates a sense of irreversible decline that sends out an invitation to criminals and leads citizens to abandon the community.

The Broken Windows Theory is widely used by law enforcement to educate neighborhoods and businesses to react to small problems before they lead to major crime sprees. Have broken windows? Get building owners to replace them. Notice graffiti on your subdivision’s walls? Scrub them clean immediately sending a message to taggers to move along. See a broken down or abandoned car? Most cities have local ordinances that can enforce the removal of these eye sores within 72 hours.

In conclusion The Broken Windows Theory suggests that a disorderly environment sends a message that no one is in charge, thus increasing fear, weakening community controls, and inviting criminal behavior. It further maintains that stopping minor offenses and restoring greater order can prevent serious crime.

I encourage all of us to be the eyes and ears of our community and pay attention to small matters before they lead to major problems. What a great message to send to criminals that our community doesn’t tolerate a gum wrapper being thrown on the ground, or a car left unattended with a flat tire, so don’t even think about something serious like an armed robbery!

Address/Location
Altamonte Springs Police Department
175 Newburyport Ave
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 407-339-2441

Lt Darin Farber
COPS Section
dwfarber@altamonte.org
407-571-8290

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