The Broken window theory

The broken windows theory was planned by James Wilson and George Kelling in 1982. “Broken windows “is a symbol of minor disorders in the neighbourhood. When these disorders are not taken care of, they lead significant crimes as they encouraged the offender’s nothing would happen if they commit more significant crimes. The broken windows and other forms of criminal activities are signs of poor social control, and the offenders assume that the crimes are not going to be noticed by the authorities (Wilson,1982).

The Kansas City preventive patrol was a study that was conducted by the Kansas police department, to remove the marking on the police patrol cars and foot patrol for the police to patrol without being noticed (Brown,1974). Police in Kansas was in a position to identify broken windows as they patrolled the area. Tackling them almost immediately was expected to improve the crime rate. Police patrol did not reduce crime rates; however but they developed the security feeling in the neighbourhood.

Broken windows have been majorly indicated by many arrests; however, this only does not involve the community as prescribed in the Kansas experiment. Instead, the police patrol encouraged the police working directly with the local community to handle disorder collectively. The cops should tackle these minor crimes in a way that they still observe the offenders rightin order to stop rebellion among people and as a result crimes may reduce



Kelling, G. L., & Wilson, J. Q. (1982). Broken windows. Atlantic Monthly, 249(3), 29-38.

Kelling, G. L., Pate, T., Dieckman, D., & Brown, C. (1974). The Kansas City Preventive Patrol Experiment: A Technical Report. Washington, DC: Police Foundation.