Bleachers

Stop Metal Theft in Parks

Parks are where people go in the community to have fun and relax with friends and family. Sadly, there are people within the community who are ruining the fun by stealing metal from the parks. Unfortunately, more and more metal thefts are occurring in the United States. Parks are especially affected by this nuisance crime, and it needs to be stopped.

Parks are being targeted by thieves for the metal within the lighting systems, circuit breakers, but most surprisingly the bleachers and/or benches. Who would have thought bleachers were the target of theft?  But the bleachers are important, and this type of theft is becoming an epidemic. The community uses bleachers to enjoy the day at the park, or even to watch community ball games.  Cities are taking this issue seriously because it effects their budget.

The city must replace the bleachers that were stolen for the sole purpose of the metal, sold by the thieves as “scrap” metal. According to The Park Catalog, many states and cities have been victim to this type of crime. When bleachers are stolen it costs the city about $14,000 to replace the bleachers in the parks.

There are solutions to the problem of metal theft in parks.

Inform the community of the problem. The community is a very important asset to use to help stop metal theft. When citizens in the community are informed, they will recognize when the act of metal theft is taking place and will call to report the incident, giving information needed to prosecute.

Traditional surveillance does not stop the crime nor are images captured with the resolution needed to prosecute.   However, Park Vandalism Cameras, specifically designed to stop crimes such as graffiti, vandalism, and metal theft are essential tools in stopping this activity and providing prosecutable evidence that stands up in court.

Don’t compromise your parks, stop the metal theft.

Take Control of Illegal Dumping

Take Control of Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is creating an environmental health hazard and must be controlled.

Water is the life of our community and both humans and animals cannot live without it.  Unfortunately, our water sources are under attack by pollutants on every side.  One of the worst cases is illegal dumping, which occurs in almost every city and district.

Even though most communities have resources to remove and depose of trash and unwanted items, people still choose to illegally dump.  The perpetrators are both households and commercial companies.  All items left in areas not intended for dumping cause an environmental hazard but some of the worst are batteries, tires, and asbestos.

The most corrosive items end up in our water supplies.  Think about it.  Asbestos known to cause severe health problems, including cancer, is making its way into our water because someone chose to illegally dump a corrosive pipe from the 1980s that was asbestos cement. Most likely, the person who committed this illegal dumping crime did not know the pipe was asbestos cement, but they did know that they were illegally dumping the pipe Instead of taking it to the appropriate facility to dispose of it in a safe manner.

This frustrating and serious health hazard must be stopped.  Each community must create an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program!

Empower, stand your ground, take control of illegal dumping!

Winter Park Vandalism

Winter Park Vandalism

Winter is no time to slack on protecting the park from vandalism.  Other measures are taking place to protect the park during the winter, such as draining pools and winterizing the playground equipment.  But how tragic it would be to have to deal with playground or pavilion vandalism damage.

Even though parks may close or be restricted for the winter season, vandalism still occurs, and the destructive behavior does not stop. With less park attendees, vandals see this as an opportunity to trespass without being seen.  Therefore, continuing their destructive acts of vandalism and graffiti.

This subjects your facilities, which are vulnerable to thousands of dollars in vandalism or graffiti damages. As part of your park asset management and vandalism prevention program, ensure your park is protected all year round. Take proactive measures, incorporating Park Vandalism Cameras, specifically designed to stop vandalism and graffiti within parks, especially remote areas where park pavilions and playgrounds are installed.

Being proactive instead of reactive to a crime saves the park department money and preserves the safety of the overall well being of the community.

Every community deserves safe, clean parks for recreation and enjoyment.

What is your park’s department doing to protect your park during the winter?

To ensure your park’s department is ready for the spring season, a Vandalism Protect Program must be implemented.

 

Illegal Dumping Contaminates Soil

Illegal Dumping Contaminates Soil

Illegal waste contains hazardous substances and chemicals that contaminate and pollute the soil and eventually infect the ground water.

Soil is a mixture of minerals and life forms that benefit all life on the earth.  When children play outside and soil is everywhere, it is logical that some of the soil will be ingested and inhaled.  Because most food is grown using soil, polluted soil affects the food supply.  Contaminates can be absorbed through skin when the wind picks up the soil and carries it.

When the contaminates filter through the soil it can work its way into the ground water polluting the very water used for drinking.

Also, Illegal disposal of waste pollutes the surrounding area and will poison natural habitats causing death to life in a wide area.

It is essential that illegal dumping be stopped, and the environment be protected for the sake of health and the communities’ wellbeing.

How can the problem of illegal dumping and soil contamination stop?

Each community must create an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program.

  • Educate:

The people within the community should know more about what an illegal dumping health crisis is, how the contaminated soil will hurt them, and where the soil is being affected.

  • Enforce:

Enforce with  Illegal Dumping Cameras . These cameras catch the dumpers in the act and record license plates even in complete darkness.

Stop illegal dumping and protect the soil!