Graham Cox, the Conservative candidate for the forthcoming Westbourne Ward by-election, has called for a graffiti crackdown in order to tackle the problem for good.
Graham has been talking to residents about graffiti that blights the streets of Westbourne and how his experience as a senior police officer showed that the best results came from addressing the issue as soon as it happens. Citing the broken window example, Graham embraced what is known as ‘Broken Windows Theory’. It was first introduced by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in 1982 in an article entitled “Broken Windows”. The name came from the following example within the article: “Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it’s unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside.”
Commenting, Graham said: “My experience as a police officer tells me that if you fail to get on top of the problem of graffiti right away more and more will appear. We need to be relentless in cleaning up these unsightly graffiti tags — they’re certainly not Banksy! As well as keeping the streets looking better, it will cost the council – and residents – less in the long run.”
The by-election will take place on Thursday 22nd December.