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.

Illegal Dumping Attracts Crime

Illegal Dumping Attracts Crime

Illegal dumping is an unsightly scene. Fly dumping sites breed bacteria, lower home and business property values, and pose a danger to families living nearby. Did you know illegal dumping grounds also increase the crime to the affected community?

In some instances, the additional crime is more dumping such as abandoned trash, tires, and mattresses in a vacant lot. People assuming a few more tires or broken pieces of furniture added to the junkyard will not make much of a difference, thus adding to the fly dumping pile.

An essay on the effects of illegal dumping to Lawrence, PA states that one improperly disposed article can cause a “chain reaction” to your community in many harmful ways.

Amongst this “chain link” of fly dumping, is the attraction of illegal drugs and drug manufacturers. Harmful and highly dangerous narcotics are often the types of drugs that are drawn in by illegal dumping. Drug related articles found thrown into the garbage pile at the site are meth lab materials and heroin needles.

In addition to destroying community pride, fly dumping also attracts gatherings of rowdy people that behave in an unwanted manner. Disorderly teenagers often find illegal dumping sites to be “fun” hangout sites and sometimes take to vandalizing nearby homes and parks as part of their group activities

So, what are communities to do to prevent this chain reaction? They cannot simply believe the perpetrators will suddenly stop fly dumping and clean up the litter. Communities must make an investment in an illegal dumping prevention program.

  • Educate the Community
  • Enable the Community
  • Equip your Staff
  • Enforce the Laws
  • Use Evidence & Prosecute with Illegal Dumping Cameras

Such investments are necessary to protect the safety of the community and prevent other crimes in the neighborhoods. It is possible for the chain link of crimes to be broken. Break the link!

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