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Monument

Park Statues & Historic Monuments Vulnerable to Theft & Vandalism

From Seattle to Detroit to Miami, thieves vandals are on the prowl raiding public parks and national, historically preserved sites. They strip valuable metal and head for metal recycling facilities where they exchange the “scrap” metal for money.

Copper and other metal prices have risen dramatically in recent years, as well as the increased overseas demand for scrap metal.  Correlating to that rise is a significant increase in copper/metal theft and vandalism.  With the issue growing to severe levels since 2010, legislation has been introduced to address the problem of metal theft and its dangerous and costly ramifications.

Park statues and memorials are targeted even when these cultural icons are securely fastened or cemented down, causing extensive  and expensive damage not only to the targeted metal but to other structures as well. Thieves are not deterred by public spaces where they dare to carry out these deeds. These activities typically take place after hours when these parks and recreational areas are left vacant and unmonitored.

However, once gone these historical, artistic, and priceless statues and memorials can never be replaced. The cultural loss is felt permanently. Protect your parks from nuisance crime and safeguard your city’s irreplaceable historical monuments and community pride.

Broken Window Theory

"Broken Windows Theory" helps create safer communities

A widely influential concept in criminology and policing method called the “Broken Windows Theory” holds that keeping an urban area maintained (for instance, fixing a broken window) and monitoring the area with a focus on deterring nuisance crimes (illegal trash dumping, vandalism, graffiti), helps create an atmosphere of law-abiding order. This in turn helps prevent major crimes from occurring.

New York Police Commissioner William Bratton states the goal is to “[s]top the behavior when it’s small, stop the cancer when it’s small.” Not only does this proactive crime prevention approach create a safer, healthier community, it also increases property value while saving the city hundreds of thousands of dollars on repairs and maintenance costs to reverse extensive damages before the situation grows to an unmanageable condition.

Bring the community onboard to help fight crime, strengthen neighborhood ties and reduce fear by giving the residents peace of mind that they are being protected. Strategically utilize crime deterrence devices for maximum benefit and help to prevent a climate conducive to serious crimes. Take back your neighborhoods and urban environments for safe, healthy, vibrant community life.