If you're one of those neighborhood activists who's long held to the Broken Window Theory — that small instances of blight beget worse blight — consider yourself vindicated.
A team of researchers in Holland has conducted an experiment that confirms common sense — allowing a little graffiti or a touch of public disrepair only encourages more people to behave less lawfully. A clean street could be the best way to deter everyday quality-of-life crimes.
This goes hand-in-hand with an approach to policing that puts a large amount of the onus on community members, not just the girls and boys in blue.
We all have an opportunity to keep Tracy safe and clean. Now we have scientific proof that our small efforts can make a huge difference.