Scentific American Podcast: Broken Windows Crime Theory
Scientific American has an interesting podcast discussion on the effectiveness of the broken windows crime theory. Check out the full transcript below or listen to the podcast here.
Now Dutch scientists say that there may be something to the whole “broken windows” thing, after all. For example, they found that cyclists who parked their bikes near a wall covered in graffiti were twice as likely to litter than people who parked near the same wall after it was painted clean. The results were published online by the journalScience on November 20th. I guess we should be thankful that the cyclists’ bad behavior stopped at littering. And they didn’t decide to, say, swipe a better set of wheels for the ride home.