Recommended Reading: Clean Streets: Controlling Crime, Maintaining Order, and Building Community Activism ("New Perspectives in Crime, Deviance, and Law")
One of the aspects of reducing the criminal element in our neighborhoods is the need to increase community involvement and activism. We can clean up our neighborhoods by the sheer force of numbers. The "element" does not like to hang out and conduct business under prying eyes.
This book is an excellent tutorial for anyone interested in going the next step. I will post more recommendations for books and pertinent reading material as I come across it.