Park Vandalism is a costly problem in the United States affecting all communities and the number of incidents is increasing every year. Vandalism, an old term from the 1700s during the French Revolution, is still happening today. Sometimes it is affiliated with protests, unrest, and angry mobsters, but predominately it occurs at parks by youth who are bored or up to mischief. Ending park vandalism is difficult.
Parks are prime targets due to remote areas that are left unprotected. Installing lighting and hiring around the clock security is costly and not practical. To end park vandalism, some parks have installed traditional camera systems which incur costs for wiring power and making sure there is an adequate light source when it becomes dark, when most vandalism occurs. Although cost is a big factor in installing traditional surveillance, cost is not the only problem traditional surveillance brings to the table. Typical video surveillance cannot produce quality images for prosecution and has shown to provide little to no deterrence in stopping vandalism.
In order to protect the new playground equipment, pavilion, and skate park, a Vandalism Prevention Program must be implemented.
A Vandalism Prevention Program includes:
- Remove Graffiti immediately
- Repair Damage immediately
- Install and utilize Park Vandalism Deterrent Systems
Park Vandalism Deterrent Systems are completely self-contained, have their own power source and lighting. They are specifically designed to stop unwanted activity in parks, such as vandalism. They can be used anywhere, especially remote areas that are hard to monitor.
As the quality-of-life crimes increase, it is more important than ever that your parks’ department is equipped with the right tools to combat these nuisance crimes.
What is your park doing to end park vandalism?
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