The National Recreation Association created an excellent article on Park Safety. One of the highlights from the article is park management should conduct a Community Based Safety Audit. A Community Base Safety Audit will give your park a clear indication as to whether or not your park is perceived safe. According to the article having the perception of a safe park is just as vital as having actual safety within the park.
If the community perceives that crime takes place such as vandalism, graffiti and drug use, they will not visit the park. The article lists several solutions:
- Programmed sports and other activities
- All activities include a human presence
- Clear and understandable signage
- Lighting that enhances the perception of safety
- Surveillance: formal and informal
The article also shares success stories experienced by hard to hit cities.
All the highlights help in reducing unwanted activity such as vandalism, graffiti and drug use. However, creating a safe park environment is not easy. Besides the physical presence of a human monitoring activities, Park Vandalism Cameras provide a presence. Park Vandalism Cameras are specifically designed to stop unwanted activities that affect Quality- of- Life. They are different than traditional surveillance cameras, as the are proactive and provide prosecutable evidence such as a tattoo or ink on a finger.
Work with your community and create a safe park.