Protect Parks from Vandalism

Protect Parks from Vandalism

Protect parks from vandalism because obesity is one of the major leading causes of death in the U.S. And even if it doesn’t lead directly to death, being overweight has multiple and very serious long-term consequences, among them are: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and more. Genetics plays a role in obesity, but lifestyle is usually the more contributing factor.

Did you know that children in Massachusetts have gained an average of 10lbs since the coronavirus outbreak? Schools, sports, park activities and other group physical activities have been canceled since March, and the United States is paying the toll. Children of the East Coast alone have gained an average of 7lbs. Instead of playing outside, children have fallen back on technology for entertainment. This goes to show us how important parks are.

Parks are essential for the health of children. Where adults rely on a scheduled exercise regimen for fitness, children simply rely on having fun. Children likely burn more calories playing hide-and-seek at a playground after school than adults do in a workout class. Unfortunately, graffiti and vandalism have increased at the parks during Covid.  That means, when Covid no longer prevents playing at the parks, the graffiti and vandalism will keep the parks off limits.

When playgrounds are destroyed by vandalism, they become unusable to children and they are at a higher risk of obesity. Cities must protect their parks from vandalism so that children can remain safe and healthy. Cities can stop vandalism before it happens by investing in cameras that deter crime from occurring. When the crime is prevented, parks can be preserved, and children can enjoy playing at the park and maintaining their physical health.

Protect your parks from vandalism.

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Illegal Dumping Ignites Fires

Illegal Dumping Ignites Fires

Illegal Dumping Ignites Fires In the year 2019, there were 50,477 wildfires reported in the United States. It is hard to predict when fire disasters will occur, but they can be prevented. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 90% of the fires are started by people through negligence. An unattended campfire or a downed power line can cause a fire, but did you know that illegal dumping can also cause fires?  One of the biggest causes of fire is piles of garbage in dry, hot areas. When trash is not discarded properly, it can cause fires. Illegal dumping of tires causes the worst type of fires, as the oil within the tires once ignited is hard to put out. And according to the EPA, tire fires cause toxic gases and hazardous compounds that pollute our environment.  It is important that the officials of our communities do everything they can to prevent illegal dumping. Here are some suggestions:

  • Staff Resources: Staff that is specially trained and dedicated in preventing illegal dumping. Besides responding and investigating complaints and prosecuting, this includes educating the public.
  • Educate: Use Billboards, Social Media, and News Outlets to get the word out to Educate your community. Talk about the dangers of illegal dumping and the consequences both environmentally and individually.
  • Provide Hot lines: Hot lines are a very resourceful tool that every city should have available.  When a citizen sees an act of illegal dumping, they can call, text or email information to the Enforcers.
  • Legislation: Every city needs laws and fines to enforce the battle against illegal dumping
  • Tools:  Illegal dumping cameras.  These cameras are specifically designed to provide prosecutable evidence needed in the war against illegal dumping.

When measures are taken to prevent illegal dumping, we can prevent fires. It is time to start taking illegal dumping seriously.

Don’t Compromise your Parks to Vandalism

Don’t Compromise your Parks to Vandalism

Imagine your favorite childhood playground. What comes to mind when you picture it? More than likely, you reminisce over fond childhood memories, gliding down a shiny, bright-red slide and flying high on the chain-link swing then jumping off to see how far you’ll land. If you lived in a city that cared about parks, you probably don’t think of vandalism or graffiti in the form of broken-down park benches and swear words scratched into the play equipment. However because parks are often targeted, cities pay large amounts of money to fix damages done to parks to ensure the beauty of recreation sites.

In Louisville, KY, a 2015 report showed that since 2010, there have been nearly $400,000 worth of damages done to city parks (https://wfpl.org/breaking-cost-vandalism-louisvilles-parks/). Among the damages are 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 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 that public places regularly face, but there are ways to minimize the damage and costs that parks encounter on an annual basis:

  • Purchase unbreakable equipment that is difficult to steal (i.e. trash cans that are fused to the cement)
  • Install gates with locks 
  • Install bright lights
  • Install anti-vandalism cameras

Accepting the ruin of a community recreational site is not an option. And cities should not forfeit large bulks of money to protect the beauty of their parks. Anti-Vandalism Cameras are a great resource to protect and deter vandalism and graffiti.

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What it Takes to Fight Illegal Dumping

What it Takes to Fight Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is not only unsightly and unpleasant, but very unhygienic. The carelessness of illegal dumping is disposed of in such a way that it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses, causing people to become ill and pick up nasty infections. However, fly dumping sights are also a breeding ground for mosquitoes. 

Where the viruses and bacteria may sit and multiply on the disarray of  tires and abandoned furniture, mosquitos carry bacteria and viruses to people 1-3 miles away. Some mosquitoes have been discovered to have traveled up to 7 miles from their original breeding spots and around 20-40 miles when food sources are scarce.

Among the infectious viruses and diseases mosquitoes carry are: Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus, and Zika Virus. Some of which are known to cause birth defects, infertility and even death. 

When mosquitoes are choosing a nesting-ground for their larva, they search for a home that is wet, warm, and wasted. The neglected sites of illegal dumping lots are the perfect breeding place for these creatures.

So how can communities protect themselves against these infectious mosquitoes? What does it take to fight illegal dumping?

  • Educate: Inform your community about the dangers of these viruses and diseases that bugs carry and infect people. Educate on the dangers that illegal dumping brings
  • Enable: Help people stand up against the crime of illegal dumping and fight it by standing together and disciplining those that partake in fly dumping

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