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Broken Windows and Victimology

  • Course: PBS 431-Victimology
  • Professor: Dr. Nicola Davis Bivens
  • School: Colorado State University, CO
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Running head: BROKEN WINDOWS AND VICTIMOOGY

Broken Windows and Victimology
Regina Murphy
PBS 431-Victimology
Colorado State University – Global Campus
Dr. Nicola Davis Bivens
July 24, 2014

BROKEN WINDOWS AND VICTIMOLOGY

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Broken Windows and Victimology
When I think of crime and victimology I wonder, are you more likely to be a victim of crime if you are in a certain neighborhood? Are people more likely to commit crimes if they think that no one cares? If there are no consequences for small crimes and disturbances will that eventually lead to bigger crimes? We are all familiar with an area of town that you drive through with the windows up and the doors looked. The neighborhood where you do not want to get out of the car. Are people more likely to be a victim of crime in these neighborhoods? The spatial syntax theory supports the idea that you are more likely to be a victim of a crime in certain areas (Nubani, 2006), and the broken window theory of crime victimization supports the idea that people are more likely to commit crimes if they think no one cares. Small crimes can lead to bigger crimes in areas where people are used to disorder and a lack of consequences for the smaller crimes (Kelling & Wilson, 1982).

The broken window theory was introduced in a 1982 article titled broken windows by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling. In the article they discuss psychologist Philip Zimbardo’s experiment with an abandoned car. The experiment was done to show how even good people that usually do not commit crimes will commit a crime under certain circumstances (Kelling & Wilson, 1982). Zimbardo did many experiments that involved elements of good people doing evil things. He may be best known for his Stanford prison experiment, where he wanted to explore situational variables on human behavior. The prison experiment remains one of the most well-known psychological experiments (Rubinstein, 2013). Zimbardo served as the president of the American...
Running head: BROKEN WINDOWS AND VICTIMOOGY
Broken Windows and Victimology
Regina Murphy
PBS 431-Victimology
Colorado State University Global Campus
Dr. Nicola Davis Bivens
July 24, 2014