Build an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program

Build an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program

An Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program is essential to provide the best health for the community.

As President’s Day approaches, US citizens are reminded of the courageous struggles that our chief executives have endured over the years as they sought to ensure the survival and flourishing of our country. President’s Day was originally all about celebrating the birthday of our very first president, George Washington. President Washington courageously fought for the freedom of our country so that we would not have to suffer the tyranny of a foreign power. One of the biggest issues that sparked the revolution in the first place was the heavy taxation that Britain imposed on the American people. People work hard to provide for themselves and their families, and to have that hard earned money unjustly taken away to be used for expenses that disciplined, law-abiding citizens are not responsible for causing is an absolute travesty.

Unfortunately, this travesty occurs on a regular basis in our communities through another means, through illegal dumping performed by our very own residents. When illegal dumping occurs in a community, the city has to clean up the criminal’s mess. Where does the money come from to pay for the disposal of massive amounts of trash? The law-abiding citizens of course! When cities have to spend their funds cleaning up illegal dumpsites, which bring disease and pollution into the community, they need to raise taxes so they can pay for this essential service.

In order to take back our freedom, we need to apprehend illegal dumpers and bring them to justice. The best way to go about this is with an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program, utilizing illegal dumping cameras, specifically designed to capture evidence in remote areas.  An Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program is essential to the health of the community.

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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Park Crime and Vandalism Prevention

Park Crime and Vandalism Prevention

Park crime prevention is essential. The last thing that a couple would want to see on a romantic stroll is vulgar graffiti spray-painted onto their favorite park bench! Unfortunately, the chances of this happening are extremely high due to the neglect of park maintenance in the wake of COVID-19.  During the lockdown, many public parks have been practically abandoned. When there is a lack of people in parks, blind spots form where criminal activity can easily take place without much risk of being observed. Vandalism spreads and thrives in the dark just like a malignant mold. Public spaces that lack supervision look like a turkey in open season to vandals. A lack of investment in park security will only invite the destruction of public property.

If a community wants to protect its parks so that couples can enjoy a vandalism free stroll on Valentine’s Day, then it needs to invest in top notch security. The most fail-proof way to ward off vandalism is by providing Park Crime Prevention Cameras, specifically designed to provide protection 24/7, even in the most remote areas of the park.  Vandals need to not only be apprehended after committing crimes, but they also need be made painfully aware that their criminal activity is being witnessed. These cameras can ease the burden placed on police patrolmen and provide top notch surveillance day or night. Park Crime Prevention Cameras are not just surveillance, they proactively prevent crime.

Here are some suggestions from the NRPA to prevent vandalism:

  • Report incidents often so patterns emerge quickly, and targeted patrols can be scheduled.
  • Update any security staff about problem areas on a regular basis.
  • Review the positioning of security cameras frequently and post signs about the presence of cameras in areas that are under surveillance.
  • Consider a dedicated website or hotline where incidents can be reported anonymously. Be sure to post signs informing the public about the website or hotline at each location.
  • If on a tight budget, consider partnering with organizations nearby to plan more security patrols, improve lighting or install additional security cameras.
  • Publicize information about the consequences of vandalism on calendars, schedules, the website, newsletters and handbooks.

Take back your parks and prevent park crime!

Stop Illegal Dumping Pathogens

Stop Illegal Dumping Pathogens

Most people are aware of illegal dumping crimes in the form of mattresses, appliances, tires, and other discarded construction items.  The unlawfully dumped items are an eyesore bringing down the property values of the neighborhoods.  But besides the trashy appearance, the harmful effects of illegal dumping are so numerous and diverse, that it MUST be opposed with the utmost urgency and rigor. One negative consequence which ought to be sufficient motivation for the swift eradication of illegal dumping is the drastic spread of zoonotic pathogens via rodents.

Pathogens which can be transmitted from animals to humans are commonly carried by rats and other rodents. And when waste is disposed in places not permitted, it provides a ready source of nutrition and shelter for the dastardly rodents which carry the zoonotic pathogens. The rodents can spread the pathogens by means of their ecto- and endoparasites. Thus, people do not even need to come into direct contact with the rodents to be infected. All that is necessary is for the ectoparasites, which the rats carry, to abandon ship in favor of a human host. The highly infectious power which rats wield can easily be proven if one only reviews the history of the bubonic plague which ravaged all of Europe, killing roughly 33% of its population. And this was all made possible by rats traveling via cargo ships.

Urban areas suffer the most from this issue of increased infection rates. This is because many urban areas cannot effectively manage their waste, which leads to continuous creation of new illegal waste sites, which ultimately produces a rat’s utopia. Waste such as used tires, construction debris, old appliances, and furniture, as well as general household, commercial and industrial waste provide a reliable source of nutrition and shelter for rodents and consequently a home base for the spread of zoonotic pathogens.

So, what can be done?

First, a community must implement an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program.  But to have a successful Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program, multiple departments must work together, as the program must include Legislation, Evidence and Enforcement. The program should have two essential elements, evidence and deterrence. Human resources are the most important aspect of the program and the best tools to be provided for their use are Illegal Dumping Cameras, which are specifically designed to capture evidence needed to prosecute. It is nearly impossible for traditional surveillance to be used because traditional surveillance cameras need electricity and internet, which is not available or very costly in remote areas.

 

What is your community doing to stop the spread of pathogens from illegal dumping?

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How to Stop Quality of Life Crimes

How to Stop Quality of Life Crimes

What are quality of life crimes, and how do you stop them?  Quality of life crimes are nuisance crimes that affect the way we live and the enjoyment of our life and our environment.  Nuisance crimes such as illegal dumping, vandalism and graffiti take away from the quality-of-life people want to enjoy.

Take for instance illegal dumping.  Illegal dumping brings down the property values because it is an eye sore but also because illegal dumping brings disease.  Disease can enter the waterways from illegal dumping.  Illegal Dumping also attracts rats and mosquitoes, which both also bring diseases. Rats carry fleas and bacteria which spreads to the community they multiple in.  Mosquitos carry diseases such as Zika, West Nile Virus, La Crosse Encephalitis.

Other quality-of-life crimes are vandalism and graffiti.  Vandalism and graffiti also bring down the property values, is hideous and dangerous, and attracts more dangerous crime into the neighborhood.  When people live in a safe and comfortable environment, the stress level is significantly lower.  Nobody wants to live somewhere there is a constant reminder of crime and the threat of crime.

Nuisance crimes happen anywhere, but especially isolated areas in the community, such as an abandoned lot or a neighborhood park.

So, what can a community do to stop the quality-of-life crimes in their neighborhood?

If your community is having problems with illegal dumping, vandalism and graffiti, there are tools to combat these crimes that are specifically designed to provide prosecutable images in remote areas where electricity and internet are not possible or difficult to access. They are also very effective at stopping vandalism and graffiti before the crime occurs.

What is your neighborhood doing to stop quality-of-life crimes?