With files from Jeremy Lye
New York saw decades of high crime rates dissipate as it bought in to what’s become known as “Broken Window Theory”, which saw violent crime rates in New York City drop by over half, compared to the national U.S. rate of under a third.
Even more dramatic was the fall in property crimes, which fell by two thirds compared to the rest of the country’s rate of a quarter.
Broken Windows theory has also been maligned by some as a zero tolerance, tough on crime policy.
Then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani even said at the time “murder and graffiti are two vastly different crimes, but part of the same continuum, and a climate that tolerates one is more likely to tolerate the other.”
But Surrey’s newly appointed Director of Public Safety Strategies, Terry Waterhouse tells CKNW’s Jeremy Lye that Broken Windows is more than just police clamping down on crime.
“When (zero tolerance) becomes a bad thing is when it’s the only thing you’ve got in your tool-kit, and you’re not applying a whole bunch of other resources.”
Waterhouse explains to us more about what those resources are, and how the use of data may also play a role in solving Surrey’s crime rate.
LISTEN to the interview with Surrey’s newly appointed Director of Public Safety Strategies, Terry Waterhouse: