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NCJ Number: 182450 Find in a Library
Title: Fixing Broken Barroom Windows
Author(s): Joel Epstein
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: The Higher Education Ctr for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
Newton, MA 02458-1060
Sale Source: The Higher Education Ctr for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
Education Development Ctr, Inc.
55 Chapel Street
Newton, MA 02458-1060
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper discusses community strategies for dealing with alcohol, drug and related crime problems.
Abstract: The article cites the “broken windows” hypothesis as a starting point for communities to deal with alcohol and other drug problems. Just as leaving a broken window in a building unrepaired leads to other broken windows, so will unattended public incivility lead to more serious disorder. If a community creates some agreed-upon standards, people will enforce them. These standards might include criminalizing public drunkenness and making treatment compulsory for chronic drunks and cleaning up garbage-strewn lots that offer dealers a place to hide their drugs and drunks a place to call home. Four basic approaches to altering the physical environment to make a location more resistant to crime include: (1) designing and arranging buildings to reduce the availability of crime targets; (2) limiting pedestrian and vehicle traffic along walkways, paths and streets into buildings and housing complexes; (3) cleaning up and beautifying buildings and their surroundings to foster an image of community involvement; and (4) removing or repairing physical deterioration to mitigate signs of disorder. The article also discusses the role of community policing in crime prevention efforts; policymakers’ contributions and additional opportunities for community involvement.
Main Term(s): Crime prevention measures
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Community involvement; Community policing; Controlled Substances; Crime prevention measures; Environmental design; Private sector civic involvement; Public housing; Situational crime prevention; Urban planning
Note: Reprinted from Prevention File: Alcohol & Other Drugs, Fall 1997
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