That’s the unanswered question we are left with as a result of an analysis of what did not affect crime. Neither the CompStat crime tracking software or the increased number of arrests for misdemeanors significantly affected crime rates during this period.
Which certainly raises questions about the commonly held belief that if you take a hard line on the minor crimes it will reduce overall crime levels.
But it doesn’t tell us what did reduce the crime rate.
Unless the answer is in fact lead? http://www.skepticblog.org/2013/01/14/lead-and-crime/
Broken-window policing not cause of crime drop in 1990s NYC | ScienceBlog.com
New York City experienced a historic decline in crime rates during the 1990s, but it was not due to the implementation of CompStat or enhanced enforcement of
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