Save the Parks and Stop Graffiti

Save the Parks and Stop Graffiti

Parks are a wonderful place to get some free exercise, for families to spend quality time together, or for sports games. Parks are a natural and light-hearted channel of social interaction between neighbors. Also, parks raise the property value of nearby homes. Put simply, communities are far better off with parks than without. Communities have a lot to lose if their parks descend into disorder and violence.

One of the primary catalysts of a park’s descent into disorder is graffiti. Graffiti in parks acts as a sign of disorder which broadcasts a message to both innocent citizens and vile criminals. That message is that no one is protecting the park and that criminals can do as they wish without fear of facing negative repercussions of their actions. Graffiti makes law-abiding citizens feel vulnerable to criminal activity and makes criminals feel invulnerable to law enforcement. The fear that graffiti in parks causes among residents effectively drives them away from parks. When parks are left vacant by law abiding citizens, criminal activity then flourishes and grows more serious. Therefore, the perception of lawlessness that graffiti fosters eventually evolves into literal lawlessness.

Communities need to rid their parks of graffiti if they want to enjoy the numerous and lucrative benefits that the parks bring. The problem is that parks are incredibly difficult to police. Parks can be large with many nooks and crannies for criminals to operate in, not to mention that most parks lack walls or fences. Neither police nor park rangers can adequately patrol parks to prevent graffiti vandals from committing their crimes. Only with the aid of graffiti cameras, can parks obtain the level of surveillance necessary to ward off and capture graffiti vandals.  Vandals have no chance against graffiti cameras.

Save the parks and stop graffiti.

 

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Stop Illegal Dumping from Contaminating Waterways

Stop Illegal Dumping from Contaminating Waterways

Illegal dumping presents a huge problem for the environment, and this problem grows exponentially when water gets involved. Nearly all illegal dumping consists of non-biodegradable materials such as plastics and cigarette butts. When these kinds of materials come into contact with rain or are swept into storm drains by runoff water, toxic byproducts infiltrate the water system. Unfortunately, the extremely toxic water which enters storm drains later flows into local waterways without being treated for impurities. This creates an incredibly hostile environment for aquatic life and people who are wishing to utilize the contaminated bodies of water. The most common method of illegal dumping which spreads this wanton disease and destruction is drive-by littering. People simply toss their trash out the window along the side of the road where it becomes prone to being swept into storm drains by rain or melting snow.

When people choose the roadside, or more specifically storm drains, as their dump site of choice, communities are put at a much higher risk of flooding due to the illegal trash clogging the drains. When you combine toxic water and flooding, a community is put in jeopardy. Parks and other common areas will become hazardous for children to play as they could easily come into contact with the toxic water after a good rainfall. Illegal dumping must be stopped if communities want to protect their public gathering places and their aquatic wildlife.

However, stopping illegal dumpers is easier said than done. Much illegal dumping is done at night, in secluded places, or too quickly for anyone to confront the criminals before their deed is done. That is why illegal dumping cameras are essential to warding off illegal dumpers. Illegal dumping cameras are specially designed to stop illegal dumping.

Keeping the Community Safe

Keeping the Community Safe

It takes a great deal of effort and intentionality to keep a community safe. Half the battle is knowing a community intimately. Only when a municipality is intimately acquainted with its community will it be able to make an organized effort to address the key issues plaguing the community. Taking action without knowledge is utter folly, a waste of energy and resources. Without being in tune with the needs of the community, all the efforts of the governing municipality to keep the community safe are likened to the futile efforts of a blindfolded goalie trying to guard his goal. Thankfully, the police department of Mount Rainier, MD has realized the need to be well acquainted with the community.

The Mount Rainier police department is constantly engaging their community through special events and neighborhood walkthroughs. Patrol officers are required to walk around the neighborhoods for at least one hour outside of their vehicles so that they can meet the citizens under their protection. Police officers also visit nursing homes, schools, and local organizations to foster a warm and intentional presence in the community. It is because of these practices that the Mount Rainier police department is effectively protecting its community. If the police were not immersed in the community, they would not know what crimes were happening, nor how to stop them.

Visibility is key to keeping a community safe. Municipalities can maximize their presence in the community by imitating the engagement policies of the Mount Rainier Police Department as well as utilizing the correct tools to stop and deter crime. Crime deterrent cameras provide the extra edge needed to complete any community’s security efforts.

 

Illegal Dumping Solution

Illegal Dumping Solution

With millions more people staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are noticing the unnecessary clutter in their homes. The cost to properly dispose of unwanted clutter can be steep.  The average cost of disposing of furniture or other major appliances is $250, but could be as much as $800. Unfortunately, waste removal expenses easily add up to thousands of dollars, for people wanting to clear out years-worth of old furniture from their homes. Rather than pay such a hefty sum for trash disposal, thousands of people have decided to adopt a criminal lifestyle by illegally dumping their unwanted junk.

 

It is good that people are taking initiative in tidying up their homes, but the way in which they dispose their trash is far from okay.

 

During the pandemic, the rate of illegal dumping has increased across the United States, especially in California. In Los Angeles alone, there has been a 19% increase in 311 requests to remove illegally dumped trash. Due to the conditions caused by the pandemic, people everywhere are more likely to engage in illegal dumping.

 

With the massive increase of illegal dumpers across the nation, cities need to step up their game, because illegal dumping causes disease, lower property value, and a lower quality of life.

 

What is a community to do to stop this illegal dumping problem? Cities need to formulate an Illegal Dumping Program to combat this crisis.

 

An Illegal Dumping Program:

 

  • Educate: Inform your community about the dangers of Illegal Dumping

 

  • Enable: partner with the community and other departments within the city to stand up against illegal dumping

 

 

Fortunately, there is solution to end illegal dumping.

 

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