Broken Windows In Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point

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In Malcolm Gladwell’s book “The Tipping Point” he says that Broken Windows “is an epidemic theory” claiming that crime “can start with a broken window and spread to an entire community.” His idea of cracking down on minor offences to decrease the amount of major crimes. As a child did you ever test the limits? Did you try to see just how much you could get away with before your parents punished you? Or maybe, you watched others when looking for the boundaries of what went unnoticed? This behavior lasts until a clear boundary is presented in the form of another person, or a force of nature acts. The only way to prevent it from testing higher crimes is to stop it before it starts. This is the basis of Broken Windows, acting before the border is pushed too far. Imagine you are a new student at a new school. You have all the required supplies, but a student nearby has forgotten their notebook. You watch your teacher give them silent lunch. After experiencing this, how likely are you to purposely not bring the required materials to class? Most likely, you will not break one of these minor offences and think to yourself “If this is how they act on a minor offense, then I don’t want to see what they would do to me if I did something like skipping!” A clear …show more content…
Yes, I know that not all credit can be given to Broken Windows and some of it belongs to the improvement of crime prevention technologies, but you have to pay attention to the trends. Scientists have used trends like these to draw conclusions and solidify the facts for countless concepts from everything in physics, to psychology, to even biology and even quantum physics principles are being tested for trends in order determine it’s