Frustrations of Illegal Dumping

Frustrations of Illegal Dumping

There is no end to the frustrations of illegal dumping.  As a city official, you have the never-ending job of dealing with the community complaints of the unsightly trash creating disease.  Then you must be creative and find the funds for the costly clean-up.

Illegal dumping brings the esteem of the community low.  Who wants to live in a city cluttered with trash?  And most people know trash brings disease in the form of bacteria and disease carrying rats.  People expect the city council to not only be aware of the problem but to take care of it.

Unfortunately, this illegal dumping problem is increasing.  According to the Oakland Public Works, they cleaned up 29,000 reported piles in 2016, a 100-percent increase from what City crews were picking up five years ago.

The cost is increasing as well. According to a Burns-McDonnel February 2017 Study, The Cost of Litter and Illegal Dumping in Texas (A Study of Nine Cities Across the State), the nine cities who participated spent more than $50 million annually to prevent, combat and clean up.

But…there is a solution.

Did you know with the right ordinances and tools, you can tackle this problem?

Although, implementing an effective program can be daunting, cities should look at this challenge as an opportunity to make a difference. If the ordinances are written correctly, the program could even generate revenue, adding resources to the city. If you are a city official with the challenge of illegal dumping, do not despair.  Create and Implement an Illegal Dumping Solution that will bring pride to the community you serve.

Nuisance crimes bring the Park’s responsibilities to a full swing and winning the battle against crimes like vandalism and graffiti is a must.

Parks – Fight Against Nuisance Crimes

Nuisance crimes bring the Park’s responsibilities to a full swing and winning the battle against crimes like vandalism and graffiti is a must.  Keeping the graffiti and vandalism away rather than cleaning up is more effective. Once the crime has been committed and the community knows about it, the park is marked as no longer safe.

Nuisance crimes that plague the parks are very disheartening to the community, affecting those that would like to enjoy the parks.  Nobody wants to go to a park that is riddled with graffiti on the playground or the sidewalks and walls.  Graffiti creates an atmosphere that people are not welcome, this territory is claimed, and people who come here are not safe.  Likewise, Vandalism generates a surrounding of abandonment and neglect, which can also cause a feeling that the area is not safe.

The parks are important to the community.  In a NRPA parks survey conducted by Penn State University, Americans cherish their local public park and the community wants a park that they can escape to, away from the everyday mundane routine.  Whether it is biking, walking the dog or taking the kids to the playground, people need to feel safe. People will not use the parks if it does not put out a feeling of safety.

Parks Directors and Rangers know the importance of parks.  The responsibility of keeping the parks safe is huge and heavy.  The tools are what gives the Parks Department the upper edge against nuisance crimes.  Surveillance can watch but does not stop crimes.  The Parks Department needs tools that stop the crimes from happening in the first place.

Don’t let the gloom and doom bring your deterrence efforts to a slow down.  With students exiting the schools by the droves, now is the time to get into full gear.  Mischief is just around the corner, are you ready with the right tools to deter?

Construction theft

Construction Theft – How to Reduce the Risk

Construction theft is a major problem throughout the United States.  Equipment and tools are left at the site for convenience and if not protected become a target.  Here are some action points and ideas to reduce your risk.

30% -85% of the theft is from someone that you authorize to be on your job site. An article in allBusiness lists six bullet points to protect yourself from employee theft.

  1. Understanding The Job Site “Theft Rationalization Impulse”
  2. Adequate Background Checks
  3. Eliminate Easy Opportunities to Steal
  4. Honest Communication with Employees on Site
  5. Create “Employee Awareness” Programs
  6. Establish Regular Drug Abuse Checks

Point 3 from this article really sticks out.  It talks about ways to eliminate opportunities to steal.  It also mentions setting up alarms and checking your perimeter for access points.

Alarms are an effective deterrent against crime.  By setting up alarms around the perimeter of your construction sites, it reduces the total risk of construction theft, both by employees and by thieves outside your employee network.  Alarms cause an instant reaction in the mind.  Would be criminals in the offense are immediately placed in the defense, thereby giving them a second chance to rethink their choices of committing that crime.

Another effective means of deterring crime includes setting up visible security cameras within the same perimeters of the alarms.  If the security cameras are visible to the thieves, it will reduce the risk of construction theft by reducing the impulse to steal and replacing it with the fear of being caught.

An added benefit to installing cameras is you now have the resources to identify the construction thieves.  In MEMPHIS, TN, four men are accused of stealing millions of dollars’ worth of construction equipment .

Start being proactive and protect your equipment from theft.

 

 

 

EARTH DAY HAS COME AND GONE, NOW WHAT?

Earth Day has come and gone, now what?

Vandalism and Illegal Dumping are significantly impacting our earth.  If you are serious about saving our planet, deter and stop these nuisance crimes before they happen.

If you’re like many people, Earth Day is a conscious reminder that you might not recycle as much as you’d like, that you should buy a reusable water bottle, or perhaps to lay off the straws at restaurants. While all of these are great commitments to keep our planet beautiful in small ways that add up, there is another assurance that can stop large amounts of waste and environmental destruction in a big way.

Preventing nuisance crimes before they happen does just that.

Vandalism and illegal dumping continue to plague the community with the pollution that they cause.

Vandalism causes waste.  Destroyed property is thrown out and replaced.  And while most communities do all they can to recycle this waste, sometimes it just isn’t possible, causing more space to be taken up in a landfill.  This could have been prevented by proactive crime deterrence and behavior modification tools.

Illegal dumping is another major issue cities and communities across the world face daily that has a significant impact on the environment. Hazardous waste, or any other type of waste has a tremendous negative impact on the environment and natural habitats for wild animals.

Putting an end to nuisance crimes like vandalism and illegal dumping is easier than you may think. It’s just about making the conscious decision to take our environmental issues that contribute to waste, pollution, and destruction more seriously, serious enough to arm your community with behavior modification tools that STOP these issues from starting.

What steps is your community taking?