There are many types of nuisance crimes such as: graffiti, vandalism, illegal dumping, trespassing, and metal theft. These types of nuisance crimes are becoming an epidemic throughout the entire world.
Each type of nuisance crime affects not only the environment but also the community. When the community is overrun with different defacing crimes, it lowers the communities “worth”. The city starts to look unmaintained and dirty, thus making the city undesirable. Nuisance crimes need to be stopped.
There are many different programs available to cities:
- “Alley-Gating”. This program helps stop crimes by blocking off restricted areas that are targets from different nuisance crimes. This kind of program can help limit some of the crimes that occur in cities.
- “Hot- spot Policing”. When crimes seem to be occurring frequently in certain spots, they are known as hot-spots. If there are active policemen around the hot-spot area, the crime drops drastically, however this is costly.
- Hot Line numbers. Every city should have hot line numbers that citizens can anonymously call and inform the city when they witness a crime happen. Although hot line numbers do not stop crime, they do help reduce crime.
- Crime Deterrent Cameras. These kinds of cameras help deter crime before it occurs. Almost all occurrences of nuisance crime disappear when deployed.