Prosecute Illegal Dumping

Prosecute Illegal Dumping

The key to taking down illegal dumpers is by getting the community to work together and creating an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program.

The reality is that most illegal dumping operates like a hit-and-run operation. Cars speed along highways, they suddenly pull to the side, they hurl their waste on the side of the road, and then they speed off. Other illegal dumping usually involves driving out into forested areas that are somewhat secluded so that the criminals can dump their waste illegally without being noticed. Since illegal dumping can happen quickly and virtually anywhere that a car can drive to easily, it is difficult for law enforcement to constantly monitor the vast expanse of land under their jurisdiction. Thankfully, law enforcement does not have to work alone.

Equipped with social media and cameras on their phones, the citizens of each community have the power to curb illegal dumping. First, communities can spread awareness of the issue and band together by promoting social media campaigns. One community in Orange, Australia is already fighting illegal dumping in their forests with the campaign #dontwasteourforests. When citizens are adequately informed of the crimes which are ravaging their community, they will be more alert and likely to notice crimes when they occur.

When citizens spot illegal dumping taking place, they should take photos of the activity with their phone. Posting the photos on the community social media page will serve to log the time and date of the incident and remind other citizens of the ongoing battle against criminal activity. If evidence is perceived within the photos, residents need to contact their police department before posing any images and give the evidence for prosecution.

Every city needs an Illegal Dumping Program.

An Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program involves many departments working together.

  • Education: Educate the community through social media, community engagements, and through the schools.
  • Legislation: Stiff fines need to be adopted especially for commercial companies that illegally dump.
  • Staff Resources: To be successful, there needs to be dedicated staff to ensure the program is implemented and stays on track.
  • Tools: Not all tools can do the job. You should not use a screwdriver when a hammer is needed.  Therefore, the right tools, Illegal Dumping Enforcement Cameras, designed especially to capture prosecutable images in complete darkness in remote areas are needed.
  • Enforcement: Enforcement is another key factor. Enforcement is needed to deter further illegal dumping activity.

What is your city doing to stop illegal dumping?

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Keep Parks Free from Vandalism

Keep Parks Free from Vandalism

Parks are essential and should be protected from Vandalism. Imagine your favorite childhood playground. What comes to mind when you picture it? More than likely, you reminisce over fond childhood memories like gliding down a shiny, bright red slide and flying high on the chain-link swing. Maybe even jumping off to see how far you’ll land. You probably do not think about broken-down park benches and swear words scratched into the play equipment. However, sadly for the community, this is what some parks have become. It takes large amounts of money to fix damages done to parks and ensure a continual beauty of recreation sites.

In Louisville, KY, a 2015 report showed that there have been nearly $400,000 worth of damages done to city parks. This problem has gotten worse. Among the damages are vandalism, graffiti, and theft. A common occurrence that Louisville parks face is stolen trash cans. Thieves can make around $3 for reselling a metal trash can, whereas it costs parks $10 or more to replace. This seemingly small number adds up to a sum that could be used towards city events or updating community gathering areas.

Unfortunately, vandalism and destruction are fates public places regularly face, but there are ways to stop the damage and costs that parks encounter daily.

To stop vandalism, graffiti, and theft at your park you must:

  • Make sure there is adequate lighting
  • Create activities and programs that involve the community
  • Have Site Managers
  • Display Maps at entrances and walk routes
  • Have Security Measures in place, such as Park Vandalism Cameras
  • Clean up all vandalism and graffiti immediately
  • Maintain safety measures for the park and all park equipment

Accepting the ruin of community recreational sites is not an option. Protect your community and maintain a safe and beautiful park.

 

Illegal Dumping Creates Health Hazards

Illegal Dumping Creates Health Hazards

For some people illegal dumping is considered a nuisance. Whether it is the construction company that leaves house debris, the resident that leaves the refrigerator, or the tire facility that dumps tires, all events are illegal.  Illegally dumping is not just a nuisance.  It is a community health hazard.  There are many health concerns that should be addressed, not to mention how illegal dumping affects the community’s quality of life.

Health concerns caused by illegal dumping are more complicated than people realize.  There are pathogens that are hosted by critters that find shelter and food within the unlawfully abandoned trash. There are also pollution concerns to both the local area and the ground water runoff that can enter streams and other waterways. And beyond that, is the mental health decline that unsightly dump sites cause.

To prevent these health concerns, every community must implement an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program.  QStar Technology is a leader in helping municipalities across the country to strategize and implement an Illegal Dumping Program to end the illegal dumping that is plaguing their communities. The right strategy and tools are paramount to creating a successful Illegal Dumping Program.

Protect the communities and start a successful Illegal Dumping Program to prevent health hazards.

 

 

Park Vandalism Decreases City Revenue

Park Vandalism Decreases City Revenue

Park vandalism decreases the city revenue and should be stopped.

Many people were given tax breaks and a stimulus check due to the financial difficulties brought on by COVID-19. While people practiced social distancing and stayed safe indoors, it created the perfect opportunity for criminals and scoundrels to vandalize parks, homes, and public property. Park vandalism skyrocketed during the months of quarantine and social isolation.

Unfortunately, as the community recovers from the isolation and economic ramifications, park vandalism has not abated. And the communities hit the hardest by park vandalism are also those financially struggling the most.  Besides, the depression and lack of safety, cities suffer in in many ways when they are struck by the crime of vandalism. When the residents and businesses are not thriving financially, the city is hit in the revenue pocketbook.

Everyone knows the three most important factors when buying a property: location, location, location. Vandalism makes it harder for cities to build revenue because it defaces the image and reputation of the location. It also makes the real estate value decrease.

When real estate value goes down, it affects the marketplace and overall city revenue. This makes it harder for people who live in these cities to keep their jobs and homes.

What are cities to do to combat this and protect their city revenue?

Here are some ideas:

  • Increase city police budget
  • Install Park Vandalism Cameras 
  • Post signs of park hours
  • Install fences to minimize entry
  • Install vandal proof equipment
  • Increase the fine for city vandalism

 

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