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Protecting Skate Parks and Splash Pads

Protecting Skate Parks and Splash Pads

A skate park and a splash park are great assets to the community and should be protected from vandalism and graffiti.

The community skate park and splash pad add a lot of entertainment and outdoor exercise for both youth and adults.  Outdoor exercise is known to decrease the probability of illness and depression. What better opportunity for outdoor exercise than a skate park or a splash pad?  It is exercise in the disguise of play and socialization.

The time, energy, and cost in creating a skate park and splash pad can be daunting, but it is well worth the effort.  According to the Tony Hawk Foundation, the average cost to build a skate park runs between $200,000- $400,000, with an additional cost to maintain.  According to Chelan County, the estimated cost to create a splash pad is between $800,000-$2,000,000, also with an additional cost to maintain.

With investing so much into a park, it is essential to protect it.

Unfortunately, both skate parks and splash pads are frequently targeted with graffiti and vandalism. This crime is ghastly as it affects the entire community.  Additional unfortunate details are graffiti and vandalism bring down the property values and usher in more devastating crime into the community, such as drugs and violence.  Graffiti and vandalism bring down the entire community’s quality-of-life.

Therefore, it is important to protect your parks from vandalism and graffiti, these quality-of-life offenders. It is also imperative you protect your dollar asset and the hard work that went into building those awesome parks the community loves.

How to protect your park’s assets:

  • Maintain adequate lighting at night
  • Post operating hours
  • Enclose the park with fencing
  • Install Park Vandalism Cameras– designed specifically to stop quality-of-life crimes

Traditional video cameras do not stop quality-of-life crimes.

What is your city doing to protect your great park achievements?

 

Stop Park Graffiti-Stop Community Depression

Stop Park Graffiti-Stop Community Depression

Nature is essential to human happiness. Those who spend more of their time outdoors have a stronger immune system and are able to avoid illness. Did you know that being out in nature also helps improve mental health? Outdoor activities improve the mental state and increases serotonin.

People enjoy the parks in many different ways.  Some use the park for activities like tennis, soccer or baseball.  Others spend time at the park to picnic with loved ones or walk on trails.  Regardless of the reason people are drawn to a park, graffiti and vandalism will dampen their enthusiasm. Most people do not long to spend leisure time in a neglected park, riddled with graffiti or broken equipment.

This is because clean parks increase our overall well-being.

Many cities face the issue of keeping their parks graffiti-free. For some people, the only park in their community is one that experiences the crime of graffiti and vandalism. When these people walk through their park and see the graffiti and vandalism every day, it sends negative signals to their brain. It makes the community feel dirty and depressed knowing that their local park has been violated.

It is extremely important to keep parks clean. Quality-of-Life Crime Deterrent Systems are specially designed for parks to stop negative behavior such as graffiti and vandalism at parks.  Utilizing Quality-of-Life Crime Systems, very important tools, prevent costly clean up and equipment replacement.

Preventing the crime of graffiti from occurring in the first place is the safest and less costly option to protect the park against unnecessary depression caused by graffiti and vandalism.

 

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Protect Your Skate Park

Protect Your Skate Park

If your community has a skate park then you know protecting it and keeping it clean from trash, vandalism, and graffiti is challenging.  And if the park is not kept clean the reputation of the park is at stake.  When the skate park’s reputation takes a downturn, it can turn into an avalanche.

Skate parks are designed and implemented into the community to improve the park experience. According to the Tony Hawk Foundation, a majority of police-enforcement officers consider their skate park to be an asset and is a positive addition to the park.  This is good news.

Skate parks add so much fun for the community for adults and children alike.  The positive aspect of this type of activity is endless.    A lot of children today are over-weight and need activities that entice them to get out and move.  Skate boarding is an activity that does just that.

However, trash, graffiti, and vandalism are some of the major issues at a skate park and will damage the reputation of the park.  Once graffiti and vandalism have started, it is a battle to keep it away.  Even worse graffiti and vandalism attract more serious crimes.  An upkept Skate Park is also less appealing and gives off the sense that the park is not safe.  An abandoned Skate Park will fall prey to all sorts of crimes that a park’s department will not want to deal with.

To prevent negative behavior and quality of life crimes that threaten the reputation of the skate park, measures need to be taken.

Skate Park Cameras are designed to specifically stop negative behavior at parks. They are not just cameras that passively take pictures.

Protect your Skate Park from Quality-of-Life Crimes!

Maintain Your Parks-Stop Vandalism

Maintain Your Parks-Stop Vandalism

Vandalism is one for the most common and challenging problems for parks throughout the United States.  Maintaining a park includes unpredictable vandalism occurrences and the costs these criminal acts incur.  It is no easy task.

Unfortunately installing traditional cameras and surveillance systems do not stop the problem.  Vandalism usually occurs in dark areas where adequate lighting is not provided. In addition, it occurs in remote areas where electricity and internet connection are not available or costly to install.

There is a big difference between surveillance and deterrence.  Surveillance is needed for live action video where a police officer or security guard can be immediately deployed. But surveillance video does not stop a crime from occurring, and it is hard to get prosecutable images, especially in the dark.  And then the park is left with the task and cost of repairing park equipment or worse closing the park.

Whereas deterrence does just that.  It deters the incident of vandalism or graffiti before it happens.  Therefore, no costs are incurred to repair equipment because it was saved from the criminal intent. Park Vandalism Cameras are especially designed to stop vandals before they strike, and they capture high resolution images that can be used to identify suspects even in complete darkness in remote areas where there is no electricity or lights.

When your park is closed, you should know your park equipment is safe from the hands of vandals. Your job of maintaining a park should not be made more difficult.

Get the tools you need to stop vandalism.

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