Broken Windows & SeeClickFix

As you could imagine, overlapping seven years of crime incident reports and SeeClickFix service requests in the city of New Haven yielded some interesting results. The map below was generated by DataHaven for a presentation this week at the latest in a series of Civic Hack Meet-up hosted by SeeClickFix.

Wilson and Kelling published their famous "Broken Windows" theory back in March 1982, which suggests there is a direct correlation between urban disarray and crime. After conducting a number of interesting social experiments (in both the Bronx and Palo Alto) they go on to state that maintaining and monitoring urban environments can play a key role in curbing the escalation of vandalism into more serious crime. Seven years worth of data seems to suggest a similar pattern.

http://www.manhattan-institute.org/pdf/_atlantic_monthly-broken_windows.pdf