In an article entitled “Broken Windows” in The Atlantic in 1982, James Q. Wilson and George Kelling argued that leaving broken windows alone will presage further problems. Soon, all remaining windows will be broken because an unrepaired window signals that no one cares about property damage, or by extension the rule of law. Where small problems—such as graffiti—are not addressed, it is a signal that this form of anti-social behaviour is not being challenged, leading to expansion of the problem in question, and also to larger problems in the future.
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