In a famous experiment conducted twenty-seven years ago by Stanford University
psychologist Philip Zimbardo, a car was parked on a street in Palo Alto, where it
sat untouched for a week. At the same time, he had an identical car parked in a roughly comparable neighborhood in the Bronx, only in this case the license plates were removed and the hood was propped open. Within one day, it was stripped. Then, in a final twist, Zimbardo smashed one of the Palo Alto car’s windows with a sledgehammer. That car, too, was destroyed within just a few hours. (Zimbardo’s point was that disorder invites even more disorder-that a small deviation from the norm can set into motion a cascade of vandalism and criminality. The broken window was the tipping point.)
– The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell (National Bestseller)
CRIME IS THE INEVITABLE RESULT OF DISORDER.
If a window is broken and left unrepaired, people walking by will conclude that no one cares and no one is in charge. Soon, more windows will be broken, and it will signal that anything goes.
Muggers and robbers believe that members of a rundown neighborhood are less likely to call the police to identify a potential mugger or to interfere if a mugging actually takes place. In an area where potential victims don’t care about the appearance of the neighborhood a robber feels that they have less chance of being caught or even identified.
Broken or boarded up windows, graffiti, high grass, street lights busted, neighborhood children tearing up things–these are all invitations to more serious crimes.
The broken-window hypothesis inspired the successful cleanup of the New York City Transit Authority subway system starting in the late eighties. Graffiti was cleaned immediately and turnstile jumpers were arrested. Felonies fell more than fifty per cent.
Graffiti and turnstile jumpers may have at first appeared to be “trivial” problems but they were found to be the tipping points – the “broken windows” -that invited far more serious crimes.
NOTE: Then chief of the Transit Police, William Bratton, who was later to take his ideas about preventing crime to the city as a whole became head of the New York Police Department.
In the Seven-Five, they have made a series of what seem, when measured against the extraordinary decline in murders, to be small changes.
You must take control of your neighborhood and hold everyone accountable, if you are serious about crime.
Sometimes the most modest of changes can bring about enormous effects.
Are there any broken or boarded up windows in your neighborhood? This should be a top priority if you wish to lower the criminal activity. (Glass broken on a side door to the garage? If you must “board it” up then paint it to match the door exactly so it blends and looks like it is part of the door.)
Getting Serious About Crime:
- Use security lights. Security lights don’t stay on all the time….A motion from someone walking up to your bedroom window kicks it on, illuminating their actions and making them think that they have been spotted.
- Streetlight out? Contact PSO
- Make sure yards are mowed. Tulsa has ordinances regarding this. Click to report the problem High Grass/Weed Violations.
- Has a car parked on the street not been moved in some time? Request vehicle be tagged for towing.
- Tulsa city ordinance absolutely prohibits the parking of vehicles in yards and requires vehicles in driveways to be fully operable. Vehicles should be reported using the form found here: Illegally Parked or Inoperable Vehicle on Private Property (yard, driveway, etc or call the Mayor’s Action Center at 596-2100.
- Dumping Violations If you have observed a site where someone has dumped their trash, please use this form to let us know about the problem and where to find it.
- Advertising Sign Violations Tulsa has ordinances (here) limiting the way signs can be used including height, width, placement and installation methods. Yes, this includes signs attached to city poles. If you believe a sign has been installed that violates these ordinances or seems to be unsafe, please use this form to identify it for us.
- Does the house or building next to yours look neglected? Click here: Property Maintenance
- Traffic Signals/Sign request new street signs by clicking here.
- Pot Holes can make an area look neglected. Report them as soon as you see one.
- Other Problems
|Tulsa’s residential-use codes were passed to preserve property values and to guard the health of residents and the safety of residential property. Title 24, Chapter 1, Section 101 covers “Nuisances Affecting Health”.
Enforcement. The city agency to report such violations to is the Department of Public Works Neighborhood Inspections Section 596-7698 or to the Mayor’s Action Center (596-2100)
|The restrictive covenants (which are part of your abstract) in our association require that all new modifications to the exterior of homes and property, i.e. roofs, fences, additions, etc., be approved by the committee of the board of directors. If you are planning any new changes to the exterior of your home or property, please contact any director.