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Protect Parks from Vandalism

Protect Parks from Vandalism

There are many reasons to protect our parks from vandalism.  One very important reason is the health of our children. Obesity is one of the major leading causes of death in the United States. And even if obesity doesn’t lead directly to death, being overweight has multiple and very serious long-term consequences, among them are: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and more. Genetics plays a role in obesity, but lifestyle is usually the more contributing factor.

Did you know that children in Massachusetts have gained an average of 10lbs since the coronavirus outbreak? Since the schools, sports, park activities and other group physical activities were cancelled in March of 2020, the United States’ children are paying the toll. Children of the East Coast alone have gained an average of 7lbs. Instead of playing outside, children have fallen back on technology for entertainment. This goes to show us how important parks are.

Parks are essential for the health of children. Where adults rely on a scheduled exercise regimen for fitness, children simply rely on having fun. Children likely burn more calories playing hide-and-seek at a playground after school than adults do in a workout class. Unfortunately, graffiti and vandalism have increased at the parks during Covid.  That means, now that Covid no longer prevents playing at the parks, the graffiti and vandalism will keep the parks off limits.

When playgrounds are destroyed by vandalism, they become unusable to children, and children are at a higher risk of obesity. If for no other reason, cities must protect their parks from vandalism so that children can remain safe and healthy. Cities can stop vandalism before it happens by investing in Park Vandalism Cameras, that are specially designed to deter vandalism and graffiti in parks. When vandalism and graffiti are prevented, parks can be preserved, and children can enjoy playing at the park and maintaining their physical health.

Protect our children, protect our parks!

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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?

 

Vandalism Lowers Property Values

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A study has been done which demonstrates that where crime rates go up, property prices go down. When property prices go down, the economic livelihood of a community suffers. All kinds of crime contribute to this housing value avalanche, even crimes which at first glance may seem harmless, such as vandalism. However, vandalism is actually the crime which most negatively effects the economic values of homes in an area.

The reason behind this reality is that crimes do not occur in a vacuum, isolated from each other. The repeated occurrences of crime in one area foster an atmosphere of lawlessness which emboldens would-be criminals to actualize their illegal intentions. After a certain number of crimes occur in a single area, the atmosphere gives birth to a crime hot spot.

Crime hot spots cause a significant decrease in housing prices in the immediate area, even more so than the average crime rate of the whole town. And the worst kind of hot spot is a vandalism hot spot. The logic is such: vandalism affects the appearance of an area long term, allowing everyone to witness the continual aftermath of a crime. House buyers read the anarchy and vulgarities of vandalism as a sign that no authority is in control of the area, that the neighborhood is in decline, and so they avoid these areas if they can.

Research suggests that physically observable crimes more effectively induce fear in the community than non-observable crimes. Thus, the strongest correlation between levels of different kinds of crime that can be found is between the presence of vandalism hot spots in a community and violence, care theft, and house burglary.

The best way to combat vandalism and defend the economic livelihood of a community is to utilize crime deterrent cameras. Most vandalism is extremely expensive to erase and repair and occurs at times when there is little chance of the perps being caught in the act. Therefore, by strategically placing crime deterrent cameras, would-be vandals will be halted before they have a chance to commit the rapid, yet costly crime. Preventing vandalism benefits communities immensely, by removing this catalyst crime.

Save Parks from Graffiti and Vandalism

Save Parks from Graffiti and Vandalism

Public parks are “a key part of the public health system.” When people have parks, they do not really think about the impact that it has on their community because they take it for granted. However, when parks are absent from a community or are in poor condition, it is painfully noticeable. Parks play a vital role in improving the overall quality of life for the residents of a community. It is at parks that people are introduced to one another, allowing for communal bonds to form. Activities like sports and arts programs at parks provide a space for residents to gather and mutually contribute to the other’s health. The condition of a park will mirror, and heavily influence the overall condition of a community. Protecting parks is thus a crucial task for both community residents and municipalities.

The greatest dangers to a park’s well being are graffiti and vandalism. The reason why graffiti and vandalism are such a threat to parks is because they are visible signs of disorder which send cues to the surrounding community that a park is in decline. If such visible crimes are not swiftly dealt with and prevented, a park is sure to suffer. If crime is apparent in a park, residents will no longer feel safe enough to frequent the park which will lead to a decline in the residents’ health and communal bonds.

The best way to protect a park is by preventing visibly depreciative crimes from ever occurring. The best way to prevent crime is to establish an air-tight security system which will detect and ward off all would-be criminals. Crime deterrent cameras are designed to do exactly that. The first and most important step a community can take in guarding its parks is implementing Crime Deterrent Cameras. Parks are worth saving!

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