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Clean Up Illegal Dumping

Clean Up Illegal Dumping

The cleanliness of a neighborhood plays an enormous role in the life of that neighborhood. Residents of clean neighborhoods reap immense social, psychological, and health related benefits. Regarding social benefits, when residents communally invest in the cleaning and maintenance of their neighborhoods, the pristine condition of their neighborhood can become a great source of pride and encourage more residents to take ownership of their community’s well-being. Large amounts of illegal dumping in neighborhoods is incredibly hazardous to the neighborhood residents because of sharp scrap metal and the fostering of disease spreading rodents and insects. Combating illegal dumping and maintaining the cleanliness of a neighborhood is crucial for families to enjoy the outdoors without fear of their children being injured by stray trash. Cleaning up a neighborhood will provide immediate health benefits to families as it will encourage outdoor play and relieve stress.

The psychological benefits of eliminating illegal dumping are staggering. A study done in Philadelphia showed that the cleanliness of a community has a profound impact on the mental health of its residents, regardless of economic status. When comparing the mental health of residents in impoverished communities, residents, whose community was cleaned and given new vegetation, reported a significant decrease in depression. The presence of illegal dumping in a community creates a sense of hopelessness and defeat in communities because it demonstrates that no one is confronting the crime that is plaguing residents.

If a community wants to show that it cares about its future and wants to preserve its dignity, then illegal dumping must be stopped. Although, such a task is nearly impossible to accomplish by man-power alone. The best solution to cleaning up the streets and keeping them clean is using  Illegal Dumping Cameras. These are specially designed cameras which target illegal dumping. Clean up the neighborhood and stop illegal dumping.

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Illegal Dumping Decreases Property Values

Illegal Dumping Decreases Property Values

Illegal dumping may sound like a petty crime that hardly affects anything at all.

However, the presence of illegal dumps results in a decrease of neighborhood property values. This is a massive problem for communities because it has a snowball effect. First, the illegal dumping itself repels would-be tourists and home buyers from a community because piles of trash strewn about on a road, in alleys, or in forests are unsightly and smell dreadful. Realtors will be hard pressed to find anyone who will buy a home near an illegal dumpsite, let alone in a community where illegal dumping is commonplace.

Additionally, illegal dumpsites create a health risk for people nearby. Illegal dump zones are breeding grounds for insects and they attract animals that transmit diseases, such as rats and skunks. Knowing that one’s health is at risk along with having to deal with terrible smells and obscene garbage is sure to drive away large numbers of consumers. On top of all that, lands or places that have been turned into illegal dumpsites can serve as magnets for other criminal activities. And fixing this huge problem will inevitably raise taxes. While the criminals get away with saving money by dumping illegally, law-abiding-citizens pay the bill. The city will end up losing mass amounts of revenue due to the illegal dump sites. “The community as a whole also becomes unattractive to prospective commercial and residential developers.”

Catching illegal dumpers in the midst of the act is the cheapest and most effective way to end illegal dumping. Most often, illegal dumps are quick and done from a car. So, getting the attention of the criminal dumpers before they commit the crime is crucial. Illegal Dumping Cameras are highly specialized to target the illegal activity of dumping. Cities save hundreds of thousands of revenue dollars by utilizing highly specialized Illegal Dumping Cameras.

Illegal Dumping Attracts Crime

Illegal Dumping Attracts Crime

Illegal dumping is an unsightly scene. Fly dumping sites breed bacteria, lower home and business property values, and pose a danger to families living nearby. Did you know illegal dumping grounds also increase the crime to the affected community?

In some instances, the additional crime is more dumping such as abandoned trash, tires, and mattresses in a vacant lot. People assuming a few more tires or broken pieces of furniture added to the junkyard will not make much of a difference, thus adding to the fly dumping pile.

An essay on the effects of illegal dumping to Lawrence, PA states that one improperly disposed article can cause a “chain reaction” to your community in many harmful ways.

Amongst this “chain link” of fly dumping, is the attraction of illegal drugs and drug manufacturers. Harmful and highly dangerous narcotics are often the types of drugs that are drawn in by illegal dumping. Drug related articles found thrown into the garbage pile at the site are meth lab materials and heroin needles.

In addition to destroying community pride, fly dumping also attracts gatherings of rowdy people that behave in an unwanted manner. Disorderly teenagers often find illegal dumping sites to be “fun” hangout sites and sometimes take to vandalizing nearby homes and parks as part of their group activities

So, what are communities to do to prevent this chain reaction? They cannot simply believe the perpetrators will suddenly stop fly dumping and clean up the litter. Communities must make an investment in an illegal dumping prevention program.

  • Educate the Community
  • Enable the Community
  • Equip your Staff
  • Enforce the Laws
  • Use Evidence & Prosecute with Illegal Dumping Cameras

Such investments are necessary to protect the safety of the community and prevent other crimes in the neighborhoods. It is possible for the chain link of crimes to be broken. Break the link!

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Homeless Camps Attract Illegal Dumping and Blight

Homeless Camps Attract Illegal Dumping and Blight

Homelessness is becoming a concern in most parts of the United States.  A person without a stable home can be someone moving from motel to motel, or a car, or in some cases the streets.  Some people without homes have set up temporary shelters, like a tent or tarp.  There are even homeless communities, where there are groups of temporary shelters that can be seen in parks or lined up on streets.  While viewing a homeless camp is very sad, the conditions in these camps are hazardous, not just to the homeless but also to the surrounding community. 

According to a volunteer, who cleans up homeless camps, she finds illegal dumping and very hazardous conditions.  She has even come across dead bodies.   Trash, needles, and unsanitary disposal of waste is a breeding ground for rats, roaches, and other disease carrying critters.

Rats and other rodents carry dangerous diseases, which can be transmitted to human through contact with the feces or urine or breathing in airborne particles. Many people have heard about the Bubonic plague that killed hordes of people in the Middle Ages.  The Bubonic plague is just one of the life-threatening diseases that rodents can carry with them, which can infect a human if the rodent’s flea bites the human.

Within the piled-up trash, these rats multiply and invade the neighboring residents and businesses, causing a community panic. While this problem is very complex, and strategy requires legislation and empathy, there needs to be tools in place to help keep the homeless community from setting up a camp especially near parks and areas where children play. One such tool should be a portable camera that deters the activity and can be easily moved around. 

Portable cameras will help the officers and volunteers who are involved in these communities, while the legislators design a permanent solution.