Monday, January 19, 2009

Stop littering to reduce crime

anti+social+pig+london+advert+litteringLondon is not the cleanest of cities. Far from it in fact. Walking down some residential streets is like treading a minefield with all the dog poo. Though there's a fine of £80 for littering, it is seldom enforced.

I've seen a couple of yobs tossing empty drink cans on the ground (even though the bin was literally a couple of feet away) while taunting the passerby daring anyone to challenge them. Where's the police when you need them?

Littering is a minor offense compared to stabbing someone and the police might not want to get spend their entire day rounding up litterbugs. Then again, it's often such minor anti-social behaviour that give rise to more serious crimes.
Singapore... litter free?
Bottomline, to combat London's crime, start by hauling in the litterbugs and dealing with graffiti problems. All things start small, crime likewise.

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Dutchie said...

NL has at least 1 national campaign per year to refresh our collective consciousness to a cleaner environment.

We hv fines for poo littering but it has no effect on the dog owners bec they think that the dog license fee should cover the cost of a clean-up service. I find people here tends to take too much liberties at the expense of the general public. It's a mindset of "not in my backyard" n for the rest, "what do I care attitude".

Older Sg'reans r calling for reinstating the civic n ethics class in schools to bring kids back on tract. I second that !

drcrab said...

I think this concept of stopping litter to reduce crime is called (or related to) "broken windows theory". I just wish the govt/police/law enforcement agencies would take note of this more. The increase in number of yobs and asbos is very worrying!

Anonymous said...

I really dislike ppl littering when there's available means for them to dispose of whatever wastes they have.

Selba said...

I'm blog hopping from kyh :)

Interesting blog to read.

Thomas said...

I buy the theory. It works in Japan.

jakill said...

I lived a couple of years in Singapore in the 1960s, and found it pretty dirty then, with lots of litter. It was time of kampong fires and new high rise blocks of flats. The island left Malaysia while we were there. The government were trying to clean the place up. After we left, we heard they did succeed, but by being very heavy-handed about it.

I agree that we need a bit more of that here in the UK. The seaside town where I grew up has changed no end, especially in the summer when the grockles (holidaymakers) tend to be the ones that drop their fish and chip bags and chocolate wrappers wherever they finish them.

C K said...

You mean those 'Good Citizens' classes when I had as a kid has been removed from the curriculum? Well, honestly, I enjoyed them quite a bit and treated them as a welcome break from the otherwise mundane lessons.

I recalled we used to have 'clean and green' campaign back home as well. I can't recall... was the mascot a cute lion?

Speaking of fines, I don't think they should be there in the first place if there's no proper enforcement, makes a joke out of the whole system.

Hey there, thanks for stopping by! Hope that you'll enjoy your visit to Rasa Sayang this weekend.

I read about the "broken windows theory" sometime back. Was that in NY? I was pleasantly surprised when I found that NY's metro is free of graffiti unlike that in Rome.

@My Bug Life,
I think it's really the upbringing. I've seen people carrying small bags of rubbish as there were no bins in the vicinity.

Hey there, thanks for the compliment!

I recalled in one of your posts, you were saying that Japanese have got this issue with their cigarette butts. How are they dealing with it?

They are pretty heavy handed, by the standards here at least. But you can't really have it both ways can you?

Then again, I tend to lean towards educating, especially the influence of the parents upon their children.

But from the looks of it, I don't think this is a priority of the govt over here in the UK. I don't really blame them.