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Parks are Essential- Take Care of Them

Parks are Essential- Take Care of Them

During this pandemic, five out of six adults acknowledge local parks, trails and open spaces are an important aspect to maintaining their mental and physical health.  This information can only lead us to the conclusion that parks in our communities are essential.  Sometimes a greater appreciation grows when something is taken away.  Losing our parks and trails for a time has been an eye opener to how valuable they are in our lives and our communities.  One would think this would lead the community to take good care of this valuable asset, but unfortunately news has come forward that show there are some people who are leave behind trash and biohazards

Park care givers work hard to maintain the parks and open spaces for the enjoyment of the community and this insult is beyond comprehension.  This is a tough task to manage the semi-open parks where bathrooms are still off limits.  But if people want to walk on trails and use the parks for outdoor activities, they need to be aware that the park bathrooms and other facilities are closed. 

Parks are Essential and Park Care Givers are essential!

Crime Deterrent Camera to Modify Social Activities

Crime Deterrent Camera to Modify Social Activities

During this current National Emergency, cities are having to balance citizen’s rights with maintaining social distancing.  This is a very difficult task to bear. Whether you are a Law Enforcer, a Park’s Director, or Public Works Supervisor, this is not a duty you thought would land on your shoulders.  These are unusual times that require grace and truth. 

Most situations where people are not adhering to social distancing is within parks, beaches, trails and parking lots.  Places your city has worked so hard to give to the community.  Outdoor activities are essential for health, and yet, right now they must be within boundaries.  Playground equipment and benches are touched constantly by little hands that find their way into mouths possibly carrying the Novel Covid-19.

Thankfully, there is a tool to help you with this distasteful task.  It is a Crime Deterrent Camera that modifies social behavior.  This tool that multiplies your presence is usually used for deterring graffiti, vandalism and illegal dumping, but it is very effective at deterring any unwanted activity.

Get the help you need to deter social gatherings with grace and truth! 

How to Enforce Social Distancing in Public Spaces

How to Enforce Social Distancing in Public Spaces

Enforcing social distancing has become a fierce challenge for cities of all sizes and cultures.  Most people who are being defiant are well behaved citizens, under normal circumstances.

Most park officials and enforcement officers do not want to be tasked with the unpleasant duty of removing citizens from public places, especially if it involves legal enforcement. 

The solution is deterrence. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a deterrent is “serving to discourage, prevent or inhibit”

But how does one deter the community from enjoying a park they have come to love and enjoy?  A park your department has worked so hard to create for the public to enjoy. There is a tool that can help with this distasteful responsibility.

Traditional surveillance systems do not have the immediate presence needed in these unique times.  The best tool must have a presence that distracts the groups from their activity and redirects their thoughts to do what they know is responsible. Public Nuisance Cameras that are used for deterring vandalism and graffiti are designed to modify behavior. Their feature of deterrence is the main value. 

It is the deterrence that is needed to enforce social distancing.

The Cost of Nuisance Crimes

The Cost of Nuisance Crimes

Public nuisance crimes include many of the most commonly committed crimes in the U.S. They include criminal wrongs such as graffiti, vandalism, vagrancy, and illegal dumping. Because these are crimes committed against the public at large, it is most often the city that incurs the cost associated with these illegal acts. Besides cleaning and repairing property affected by nuisance crimes, there are other costs associated with these nuisance crimes such as policing and prosecuting individuals.

Vandalism of public property is a crime which can incur huge economic losses. These losses most often include the cost of repair and can total thousands of dollars. A decline in property value can result when these types of crimes are committed more often in a given community. Already strained city budgets and resources are exhausted to repair or deter more of these crimes from happening.

Vagrancy can lead to other public nuisance crimes including illegal dumping. These large-scale encampments can often be found in or on city-owned property with heaps of undisposed trash lying around. Cleaning up these trash sites can take days or months to effectively clear the area. And with limited resources, cities are forced to take money from other budgets to cover the cost of the clean-up.

So What Is Being Done?

Prior to now, most urban neighborhoods have treated public nuisance crimes as simple code violations. A small fine would be the consequence of violating one of these codes. More recently, many cities have begun prosecuting these violations as criminal misconduct and imposing harsher fines and fees in an effort to try to curb these acts from being committed. Cities using Crime Deterrent Cameras are seeing great results in deterring and find them to be very effective when strategically placed.

What is your city doing to prevent nuisance crimes and the costs associated with these crimes in your community?