Focus on minor crime
DURING a recent interview, the Prime Minister was asked about her crime plans, she turned to her newly appointed minister Gary Griffith who mumbled, “Broken Windows Theory”.
I will try to explain this theory. Imagine a building with a few broken windows, if not repaired there is a tendency for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they break into the building, become squatters or light fires inside. Minor disorder, vandalism is a gateway to more serious crime.
If we focus on smaller offences, violent crime would decrease.
I disagree with this theory. There is no real evidence that implies cracking down on minor crime decreases more serious crime. We are a black society. This study was done with blacks, whites and Hispanics. It targets poor, intellectually challenged people. It leads to a disproportionate number of drug arrests. More people will be arrested for smoking marijuana rather than trafficking. Although our Chief Justice wants to change this.
We need to stop focusing on minor crimes and target serious crimes. We must encourage community policing. We need to hire more qualified police. We need to decrease unemployment with long term jobs.
New York and Port of Spain are not the same. As strange as that may sound. Race is a factor in how residents perceive their neighbourhood. We are predominantly black. Legalising abortion can be a factor in crime drop. The decline in the birth of unwanted, often poor and fatherless children will lead to the decline in the number of juvenile delinquents and hardened criminals. Not broken windows.
The law of crime is simple, what goes up must come down, and what goes up the most tends to come down the most.
The rise in crime can also be attributed to drugs and the fight for turf. Most crime surveys take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. That is like looking for your car keys under a lamp post not because you lost them there but because the light is good.