A community park adds a whole slew of value and quality to the life of the community. Unfortunately, vandalism that occurs at the park has the opposite effect, stealing quality of life from the neighborhood and the surrounding city.
Parks provide a place to relax and detox from life’s constant demands. Parks offer open spaces with grass for one to run and play ball, a playground to climb and swing, or a lake to feed the ducks. Regardless of the grounds, the open space to be free and play in the sun is a great way to fight depression. However, visible vandalism can have the opposite effect, creating depression.
Parks are a great place to sweat out or relax from every day little stresses. But park vandalism creates an unsafe space filled with danger and trepidation, causing anxiety and a feeling that the area is overrun by people who will not comply with the governing laws or respect the human being. An unsafe park will foster more crime, making the whole community at risk to more violent crimes.
Parks bring value to the community financially. Naturally, most people enjoy living close to a park they can enjoy within minutes. A clean safe park with much to offer increases the property value of nearby homes and the whole community reaps the benefits of a desired area to live. Sadly, park vandalism decreases the property value of homes nearby and the whole community suffers the loss of value.
Park Vandalism creates depression, anxiety, and loss of financial stability.
What can be done?
To keep a park safe, clean, and very attractive, parks should offer a variety of activities, keep the park lively and full of people, and provide security. A Park Vandalism Deterrent Program should be implemented using Park Vandalism Cameras, specifically design to stop vandalism. Traditional video surveillance does not stop quality of life crimes.