Fixing Broken Windows: Restoring Order And Reducing Crime In Our Communities

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Simon and Schuster, 1997 - Political Science - 319 pages
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Based on a groundbreaking theory of crime prevention, this practical and empowering book shows how citizens, business owners, and police can work together to ensure the safety of their communities. George Kelling, one of America’s leading criminologists, has proven the success of his method across the country, from the New York City subways to the public parks of Seattle. Here, Kelling and urban anthropologist and lawyer Catherine Coles demonstrate that by controlling disorderly behavior in public spaces, we can create an environment where serious crime cannot flourish, and they explain how to adapt these effective methods for use in our own homes and communities.

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A thoughtful reexamination of crime prevention. There are any number of ideas out there on how to fight crime, but few have proven so successful as the strategy articulated by crime consultant Kelling ... Read full review

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Th term broken windows, a metaphor for increasing public community disorder, was coined by Wilson and Kelling in a March 1982 Atlantic article. Their antidote to "broken windows"-community policing ... Read full review


Disorder Broken Windows and Serious Crime
The Growth of Disorder
The Failure of Past Policing Strategies
New York Citys
CommunityBased Crime Prevention
Restoring Order
Fixing Broken Windows

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Catherine M. Coles is a Research Associate in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University who is currently studying the development of community-based prosecution. They live in Hanover, New Hampshire.

George L. Kelling is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University and a Research Fellow in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

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