Clean Up Illegal Dumping

Clean Up Illegal Dumping

The cleanliness of a neighborhood plays an enormous role in the life of that neighborhood. Residents of clean neighborhoods reap immense social, psychological, and health related benefits. Regarding social benefits, when residents communally invest in the cleaning and maintenance of their neighborhoods, the pristine condition of their neighborhood can become a great source of pride and encourage more residents to take ownership of their community’s well-being. Large amounts of illegal dumping in neighborhoods is incredibly hazardous to the neighborhood residents because of sharp scrap metal and the fostering of disease spreading rodents and insects. Combating illegal dumping and maintaining the cleanliness of a neighborhood is crucial for families to enjoy the outdoors without fear of their children being injured by stray trash. Cleaning up a neighborhood will provide immediate health benefits to families as it will encourage outdoor play and relieve stress.

The psychological benefits of eliminating illegal dumping are staggering. A study done in Philadelphia showed that the cleanliness of a community has a profound impact on the mental health of its residents, regardless of economic status. When comparing the mental health of residents in impoverished communities, residents, whose community was cleaned and given new vegetation, reported a significant decrease in depression. The presence of illegal dumping in a community creates a sense of hopelessness and defeat in communities because it demonstrates that no one is confronting the crime that is plaguing residents.

If a community wants to show that it cares about its future and wants to preserve its dignity, then illegal dumping must be stopped. Although, such a task is nearly impossible to accomplish by man-power alone. The best solution to cleaning up the streets and keeping them clean is using  Illegal Dumping Cameras. These are specially designed cameras which target illegal dumping. Clean up the neighborhood and stop illegal dumping.

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Vandalism During the Pandemic

Vandalism During the Pandemic

Social distancing is the new norm for our society during this pandemic. Most people have been staying safe inside their homes. Unfortunately, there are some who are taking advantage of this momentous opportunity to do harm to their local communities.

While cities remain closed, they now face the concerns and troubles that come from vandalism including “spray-painted bleachers, missing signage, damaged athletic fields, torn-up synthetic playground surfacing and deliberately dismantled playground equipment.”

Vandalism is costly and dangerous to communities. Destructive activity tends to increase when people are vacant, such as holidays or weekends. Sadly, rascals are taking advantage of the pandemic and creating a heyday, intending to vandalize and terrorize cities. Local parks receive the worst of the damage.

What should a community do?

Here are some measures that cities should take to protect their cities from vandalism during this pandemic:

  • Communities should offer after school virtual programs for youth, especially inviting to those with destructive tendencies.
  • Cities should increase their budget for educating the community on how much vandalism costs them.
  • Security measures should be implemented, such as crime deterrent cameras that prevent vandalism.

Vandalism is damaging to communities, but it can be fought by investing a little effort into crime prevention tools and systems, such as the examples above.

Illegal Dumping Decreases Property Values

Illegal Dumping Decreases Property Values

Illegal dumping may sound like a petty crime that hardly affects anything at all.

However, the presence of illegal dumps results in a decrease of neighborhood property values. This is a massive problem for communities because it has a snowball effect. First, the illegal dumping itself repels would-be tourists and home buyers from a community because piles of trash strewn about on a road, in alleys, or in forests are unsightly and smell dreadful. Realtors will be hard pressed to find anyone who will buy a home near an illegal dumpsite, let alone in a community where illegal dumping is commonplace.

Additionally, illegal dumpsites create a health risk for people nearby. Illegal dump zones are breeding grounds for insects and they attract animals that transmit diseases, such as rats and skunks. Knowing that one’s health is at risk along with having to deal with terrible smells and obscene garbage is sure to drive away large numbers of consumers. On top of all that, lands or places that have been turned into illegal dumpsites can serve as magnets for other criminal activities. And fixing this huge problem will inevitably raise taxes. While the criminals get away with saving money by dumping illegally, law-abiding-citizens pay the bill. The city will end up losing mass amounts of revenue due to the illegal dump sites. “The community as a whole also becomes unattractive to prospective commercial and residential developers.”

Catching illegal dumpers in the midst of the act is the cheapest and most effective way to end illegal dumping. Most often, illegal dumps are quick and done from a car. So, getting the attention of the criminal dumpers before they commit the crime is crucial. Illegal Dumping Cameras are highly specialized to target the illegal activity of dumping. Cities save hundreds of thousands of revenue dollars by utilizing highly specialized Illegal Dumping Cameras.

Graffiti on Train

Graffiti and Community Fear

According to the broken window theory, there are many phenomena which are nearly universally agreed upon as disorderly, such as broken windows. Graffiti falls under this umbrella of universally recognized disorderly phenomena. And as a disorderly phenomenon, graffiti fosters fear among the general populace. The presence of such blatant disorder on the walls of buildings and the sides of trains communicates a lack of control, anarchy if you will. The fact that people are able to vandalize private and public property implies that there is no authority which can stop or prevent these criminals. Thus, the presence of graffiti in a community diminishes the public’s trust in their government to protect them from crime and fosters an atmosphere of unease throughout the community.

Additionally, the aesthetic condition of one’s home heavily influence’s one’s mood and self-perception. If someone lives in a town which is riddled with graffiti, they are more likely to feel depressed from the subconscious worries of being in danger and feeling like their life is chaotic. Also, if a person’s town is dirty and dominated by graffiti, they will lose self-esteem by associating their personal worth with the neglect of their community’s appearance. People who live in unkept, rundown areas will think that they deserve to be treated the same way, deplorably.

Overall, illegal graffiti will lower the quality of life in a community. It must be stopped!

However, it is impossible for public authorities to always be available to deter graffiti criminals, especially since much graffiti is done late at night or where police are less likely to be patrolling. Having crime deterrent cameras, which can constantly “patrol” building exteriors or train yards, is the most effective method for combating illegal graffiti. As soon as the criminals approach an area where they might paint on the walls, they will be startled, and behavior modification will take place.