Broken Windows

Broken Window

Kuya and I were turning the corner of Airport Rd and Domestic Rd one night when we somehow started talking about the condition of the road.

  • He mentioned that Philips (where the wifey works) should start a program to donate lights to the government so we can have better lit roads.
  • I said that it would probably just be a wasted effort, citing what happened to Felix Ave (formerly Imelda Ave) in Cainta, Rizal.
  • A month after Mon Ilagan first took over as Mayor of Cainta, the stretch between Vista Verde and Village East was suddenly well-lit, which reduced the accidents (there’s a really bad curve along that stretch)
  • A couple of months passed, that stretch was back to the way it was… dark and accident-prone
  • From what I’ve been told, some of the street bulbs were stolen. Government officials then decided to leave them as they are and, as expected, more bulbs were stolen.

This was when my brother brought up the Broken Window Theory. Here are some info from WikiPedia:

“The theory states that monitoring and maintaining urban environments in a well-ordered condition may prevent further vandalism as well as an escalation into more serious crime.”

“The theory thus makes two major claims: that further petty crime and low-level anti-social behavior will be deterred, and that major crime will, as a result, be prevented.”

I neither have the time nor the interest to defend or criticize this theory. Instead, I plan to look into other petty crimes or low-level anti-social behaviours that I witness in my daily life. I’ve actually kept some photos and videos but never found the avenue to post them so I’ll start with those.

Also, I hope that this would raise people’s awareness about these behaviours because sometimes we actually exhibit them without ever realizing it.

Note: There were of course some talk as well that there was actually a budget to replace the stolen bulbs but these went into the pockets of corrupt officials, but this is another story.

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