This final piece is a critical element in maintaining the safety of a street or neighborhood. The antidote to crime and the fear it inspires is a community that asserts its own security. The social livelihood of streets and neighborhoods is what maintains safety and security. But in the absence of this social interaction, crime prevails. The fear of crime kills the street.
The sock full of quarters is just one weapon in the war against crime, but one that can be used quite effectively when the elements Jacobs writes about disappear. Paul Kersey, the main character of the classic American film series Death Wish, exhibits its effectiveness.