Brief History of Vandalism in Parks

Brief History of Vandalism in Parks

The history of vandalism is a long and tragic one. The term “vandalism” was first coined by the Abbe Henri Gregoire, the Bishop of Blois in 1794. The Bishop coined the term for the purpose of denouncing and quenching the widespread riots which had enveloped all of France in the early months of the French Revolution. The Bishop was inspired to use the term “vandalism” as he remembered the violent reputation of the Vandals. The Vandals were a Germanic tribe who played a huge role in the fall of the Roman Empire. The people had become so out of control that they were beginning to act like the Vandals, destroying the very country they were trying to liberate from an oppressive French monarchy. The Bishop wanted to re-establish the pure and good principles of the revolution that had been lost in the hateful confusion of the rioting. So, the Bishop labeled the destructive behavior of the rioters as “vandalism.” The effort to paint the rioters’ behavior in a negative light succeeded. The term “vandalism” caught like wildfire and spread across Europe within weeks. The term originally referred to systematic revolutionary violence, but soon began to predominantly refer to the general desecration of art and architecture. All this to say, vandalism is no peripheral matter, regardless of where it takes place.

Unfortunately, the old practice of vandalism is still alive and well in our communities, especially public parks. The irresponsible and vengeful vandalism of public parks inflicts crippling blows to nearby residents. The presence of vandalism mars a community’s image and decreases real estate values. Many parks and recreation departments need to spend 30% of their maintenance budget to repair damages caused by vandalism, leaving no room for improving facilities. Communities need to put an end to vandalism.

The best way to stop vandalism from continuing to destroy communities is by installing state-of-the-art Vandalism Deterrent Cameras, which are specially designed to stop vandalism in parks, providing communities security in knowing their parks are protected and warding off vandals.

Illegal Dumping Sites Spread Disease within the Community

Illegal Dumping Sites Spread Disease within the Community

Illegal dumping, also known as “midnight” dumping, is the term used to describe disposing of waste in unauthorized areas.” Illegal dumping is an environmental crime and depending on the circumstances, this crime could be classified as a misdemeanor or even a felony and the fines can be quite heavy. Some people may think that illegal dumping should not even be classified as a crime and may seem like a dismissible act. However, this is an incredibly faulty conclusion. Illegal dumping is a serious matter because it negatively affects communities and the environment in numerous ways. One of which is the spread of disease.

The accumulation of waste at illegal dumping sites exponentially spreads disease to people in the surrounding area. The reason for this is that illegal dumping sites provide the perfect habitat for disease spreading creatures such as mosquitoes and rodents. Mosquitoes can breed 100 times faster than usual in stagnant water, and dump sites with discarded tires can hold large quantities of stagnant water. Additionally, illegal dumping sites will contaminate any source of water which it comes into contact with. This means that illegal dumping can ruin rivers or ponds, thus making it difficult for communities to access clean water. This also endangers the wildlife. Therefore, illegal dumping spreads disease within communities and is a direct threat to the health of a community.

How do we stop illegal dumping?

The answer: illegal dumping cameras. With so many places where illegal dumping can occur, it is impossible to have an adequate number of hired personnel to monitor all the potential dump sites. But if a community utilizes illegal dumping cameras, they can have eyes and ears in every necessary remote location with minimal personnel. These remote cameras are specially designed to stop illegal dumping.

What is your community doing to stop the spread of disease caused by illegal dumping?

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Vandalism Hurts Communities

Vandalism Hurts Communities

A study has been done which demonstrates that where crime rates go up, property prices go down. When property prices go down, the economic livelihood of a community suffers. All kinds of crime contribute to this housing value avalanche, even crimes which at first glance may seem harmless, such as vandalism.

However, vandalism is actually the crime which most negatively affects the economic values of homes in an area. The reason behind this reality is that crimes do not occur in a vacuum, isolated from each other. The repeated occurrences of crime in one area foster an atmosphere of lawlessness which emboldens would-be criminals to actualize their illegal intentions. After a certain number of crimes occur in a single area, the atmosphere gives birth to a crime hot spot.

Unfortunately, crime hot spots cause a significant decrease in housing prices in the immediate area, even more so than the average crime rate of the whole town. And the worst kind of hot spot is a vandalism hot spot. The logic is such: vandalism affects the appearance of an area long term, allowing everyone to witness the continual aftermath of a crime.

House buyers read the anarchy and vulgarities of vandalism as a sign that no authority is in control of the area, that the neighborhood is in decline, and so they avoid these areas if they can.

Research suggests that physically observable crimes more effectively induce fear in the community than non-observable crimes. Thus, the strongest correlation between levels of different kinds of crime that can be found is between presence of vandalism hot spots in a community and violence, car theft, and house burglary.

The best way to combat vandalism and defend the economic livelihood of a community is to utilize crime deterrent cameras. Most vandalism is extremely expensive to erase and repair and occurs at times when there is little chance of the perps being caught in the act. Therefore, by strategically placing crime deterrent cameras, would-be vandals will be halted before they have a chance to commit the rapid, yet costly crime.

Preventing vandalism will benefit communities immensely!

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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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