My previous post How would Giuliani tackle Crime in Nassau looked at a simple but powerful method that the former Mayor of New York City used to reduce the murder rate by 70% in the early nineties and asked the question “can it work in Nassau?”
I believe it can. With one caveat, it must be targeted properly. If you haven’t read the previous post go there now for a recap.
Basically the method worked on the premise that minor misbehavior leads to major crime if not dealt with quickly.Therefore the way to deal with major crimes, such as murder, armed robbery and rape is to attack the minor infractions, thus removing the sense of lawlessness in the society.
So can you identify an area of our society where people openly break the law so regularly that it has become common place?
Next time you’re driving, do this for me; Observe other drivers and even yourself, notice how much disregard is displayed for traffic laws, notice how inconsiderate other drivers are. Notice how people broke the law so routinely that it seems normal.
The idea is simple and compelling. A broken window, or a littered sidewalk, graffiti, or whatever you like, does no great harm to a neighborhood if promptly addressed.
But left untended, it sends a signal: that no one cares about this neighborhood, that it is a safe place to break things, to litter, to vandalize. Those who engage in such behaviors will feel safe here.
Broken windows theory suggests that letting this and other minor offenses take root in our society for so long has helped foster the state of lawlessness we are experiencing today.
Our Traffic is a microcosm of the current state of our society; people are aggressive, rude, inconsiderate to each other and have no respect for the law. Therefore correcting this problem will be the first step in correcting our crime problems.
Its not sexy, its not a quick fix, but hey it worked in New York City with a population 60 times that of the entire Bahamas! why not here, why not now?
Every Journey begins with a single step… lets go!
— Straight Talk —