20 years ago, New York City became racked with murders, drug dealings, burglaries, car thefts and theft from cars. Despite the crime rates, New York was not limited to few inner city neighborhoods that could still be avoided. The drop in the crime rates during the 1990s were correspondingly surprising. While other cities had major declines in crime rate, no other city experienced the same change. A clean and a healthy New York City can be gained through toxic chemicals that are out of our daily lives. Safety and Health can also be arrived at through the enactment of laws that ensure environmental safety, changing the existing laws, shifting of marketplaces and giving help to people who make changes in their homes. With the above measures in place, a clean and a better New York can be arrived at.
There was also another program where money was donated to help in the enforcement of policies that would ensure efficient patrols and also assign them walking beats. This was to eliminate the hustles of foot patrols among police officers. The crimes rates in New Jersey, just like in New York City, had prompted both the police and social psychologists to front an argument that when a window in a broken and left unattended to, all the rest of the windows will be broken. This is an argument that finds true relevance in nice neighborhoods that mix with the rundown ones. This argument is further supported by the argument that it is not a must for a window breaking to occur on a large scale since some areas are inhabited by the determined window breakers. An unrepaired broken window is a true indicator that no one cares and only signifies that the breakage of more windows costs not a thing.
The increasing crime rate in New York City led to a state of lawlessness. This called for the need of policing that would restore law and order. In this process, environmental design, private securities, maintenance and other approaches that were inspired by the success of the Rockefeller Centre. The disorderliness in the neighborhood called for adequate measures to restore peace and orderliness. Until 20 years ago, “Broken Windows” in The Atlantic that brought about the proposal of an unintended disorder in the city. Besides, there are minor offenses that gave rise to some serious crimes plus some urban decay. The magazine also proposed a hypothesis that defines how the government of New York and the entire neighborhood cum community actions that seek to restore order thereby curbing crime.
Unsurprisingly, the responses from Broken Windows are rather mixed. According to the article, the Justice Department research arm and the National Institute of Justice are prepared to donate major funds to restore order and curb serious crimes. The police were rather sympathetic with the article while at the same time, troubled by it. This was because they felt overwhelmed by the 911 calls that were already set and did not relish the probability of more work. After the New York City’s surprising decline in crime rates in the 1990s, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the Police Commissioner named William Bratton credited the Broken Windows. After its crediting, Broken Windows, was seen as racist. It was seen as harassing and criminalizing the disadvantaged in the society.
George, Kelling & James Wilson. “Brocken Windows”. The Atlantic. (1982). Web 20 Oct 2015.