Modifying Behavior – Park Vandalism

Modifying Behavior – Park Vandalism

Modifying behavior techniques are needed to stop park vandalism.

Most nuisance crimes, such as vandalism, at parks are committed by youth with misdirected anger.   However, some vandalism such as graffiti is associated with gangs and people who commit more violent crimes.

Because people perceive vandalism as an area of violence and safety concerns, the park will be visited less, which increases the invitation to criminals and criminal behavior. Therefore, whether vandalism is due to misguided youth or gang offenders, vandalism must be stopped, and the park must be protected from any degree of neglect.

Neglect surfaces as overgrown grass littered with trash, graffiti on walls and equipment, bathrooms with broken equipment, or playground equipment that has not been maintained.  Neglect can come in many forms, but any neglect will invite additional problems.  Therefore, keeping the parks crisp and clean is essential to a thriving park community.

The youth target the local park, regardless of how well maintained the park is.  Youth triggers include anger at their parents, their school, or their own peers.  Some teens believe graffiti and vandalism is cool and mimic what they see on social media platforms.  Regardless of the situation your park is in, the behavior of vandalism at your park must be stopped.

Every park should have a Park Vandalism Program.  A successful Park Vandalism Program should include routine maintenance for all facilities and equipment but also crime deterrent systems, especially designed to change the behavior of both the youth and gangs that enter the parks with bad intent.

Behavior modification is what is needed to stop park vandalism.