An Abandoned truck at Stop & Shop brings garbage, drinking parties and some head scratching [Broken Windows theory]

The Broken Windows theory is being tested at Stop & Shop where and abandoned truck has taken residence and became a hot spot for parties and garbage. This matter was brought to me several weeks ago by a reader named Richard:

“This truck with no plates and expired 2014 registration and NC PBA 2010 member sticker is now an official garbage collector. It’s been sitting in the Stop and Shop parking lot adjacent to the sidewalk next to the Capital One Bank sign.”


This morning I received the following text:

“I rode past the abandoned truck in Stop & Shop. The drinking party was happening this morning, brown bags and milk crates as well as hanging out. I’m surprised Stop & Shop is allowing this to happen on their property” 

This property is owned by our city, but not managed by them. Stop & Shop should take care of this, so it’s puzzling they aren’t. I am told that the city was notified on several occasions, so it makes you wonder what the communication is between LB and the managing company. Either case, I am just bringing this up as a pure example of the Broken Windows Theory.

The broken windows theory is a criminological theory of the norm-setting and signaling effect of urban disorder and vandalism on additional crime and anti-social behavior. The theory states that maintaining and monitoring urban environments to prevent small crimes such as vandalism, public drinking, and toll-jumping helps to create an atmosphere of order and lawfulness, thereby preventing more serious crimes from happening. [LINK]

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