“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. Or consider a sidewalk. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of trash from take-out restaurants there or breaking into cars. One example of disorder, like graffiti or littering, can indeed encourage another, like stealing.”
This paragraph was published in an article in The Atlantic Monthly entitled “Broken Windows” written by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in March of 1982. This theory has been repeatedly tested in various locations – in New York under Rudy Giuliani when he cleaned up the subways and the neighborhoods and reduced crime; in Lowell, MA which resulted in a 20% reduction in crime; and in Albuquerque, NM to reduce roadway lawlessness.
So what does this have to with concrete sealing?? Simple – maintain your concrete by cleaning it, making the necessary repairs, and sealing it to prolong its useful life and your home looks better and so does your neighborhood. If you live in a homeowner’s association, require that everyone in your neighborhood do the same thing. Maintain the concrete at your commercial property. One example of disorder, like cracked, dirty, or broken concrete, can indeed encourage another, like petty theft or vandalism.