That’s it, Montreal | The Journal of Montreal

A murder in a restaurant on rue Saint-Denis in broad daylight.

And a murder in the Rockland Center parking lot in broad daylight.

That’s it, Montreal.

A Wild West.

The bandits don’t even bother each other anymore.


Franklin E. Zimring, who teaches law and criminology at the University of Berkeley in California, is one of the most respected criminologists in the United States. A reference.

Two years ago, the man received an international award in Stockholm, Sweden, for his work in criminology.

The equivalent of a Nobel Prize.

In 2011, Zimring published an essay that caused quite a stir: The City That Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control.

In this essay, Franklin E. Zimring attempts to understand why, from 1991 to 2000, the crime rate dropped dramatically in New York City – a city that in the 1970s was one of the most dangerous in the world.

According to him, during this decade, New York experienced the largest drop in crime rate in the history of the modern world.

A 40% drop!

“A record worthy of Guinness book “, he launched in an interview.

There are many reasons for this decline.

One of the main – if not the main – is the increase in the number of police on the streets.

This is not rocket science.

In the early 1990s, New York City hired 7,000 more police officers. And she sent them to patrol the red light districts with one and only indication: zero tolerance.

In Zimring’s words: “The police presence makes a difference. It’s clear. All the data confirms this. Investing in training and hiring police pays. »

Yeah, but if you send your cops to a certain neighborhood, the criminals will just change neighborhoods, right? And you will have only helped to change the evil place?

According to Zimring, no. “Fewer flights on the 125e Street doesn’t mean no more flights on the 140e Street… “


Another method that has helped to lower the crime rate: data.

Data, data, data.

Collect as much data as possible on the crimes committed in the city. Where ? By who ? With what kind of weapons? Where did these weapons come from? What is the reason behind these settling of accounts? Are these shootings related to drug trafficking? Etc.

Because it is not enough to act. You have to base your actions on precise data. Adopt a scientific approach. And not just go at random, sending cops to the four corners of the city, running like calves’ tails.

You’re targeting certain hot spots. And you’re sending a heavy concentration of your police there.


Is the City of Montreal in contact with specialists like Franklin E. Zimring? Does she consult with NYPD officials?

Or does it operate in a vacuum?

The situation is urgent.

The time has come to go to the pharmacy and pull out the horse remedy.

Madame Plante, where are you?

Mr. Legault, what are you waiting for?

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