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Save the Parks and Stop Graffiti

Save the Parks and Stop Graffiti

Parks are a wonderful place to get some free exercise, for families to spend quality time together, or for sports games. Parks are a natural and light-hearted channel of social interaction between neighbors. Also, parks raise the property value of nearby homes. Put simply, communities are far better off with parks than without. Communities have a lot to lose if their parks descend into disorder and violence.

One of the primary catalysts of a park’s descent into disorder is graffiti. Graffiti in parks acts as a sign of disorder which broadcasts a message to both innocent citizens and vile criminals. That message is that no one is protecting the park and that criminals can do as they wish without fear of facing negative repercussions of their actions. Graffiti makes law-abiding citizens feel vulnerable to criminal activity and makes criminals feel invulnerable to law enforcement. The fear that graffiti in parks causes among residents effectively drives them away from parks. When parks are left vacant by law abiding citizens, criminal activity then flourishes and grows more serious. Therefore, the perception of lawlessness that graffiti fosters eventually evolves into literal lawlessness.

Communities need to rid their parks of graffiti if they want to enjoy the numerous and lucrative benefits that the parks bring. The problem is that parks are incredibly difficult to police. Parks can be large with many nooks and crannies for criminals to operate in, not to mention that most parks lack walls or fences. Neither police nor park rangers can adequately patrol parks to prevent graffiti vandals from committing their crimes. Only with the aid of graffiti cameras, can parks obtain the level of surveillance necessary to ward off and capture graffiti vandals.  Vandals have no chance against graffiti cameras.

Save the parks and stop graffiti.

 

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Brief History of Graffiti and the Negative Effects

Brief History of Graffiti and the Negative Effects

Graffiti is a controversial matter, especially in the United States. Many people see graffiti as a culturally significant artform that brings vibrancy to communities. Others see graffiti as a stain on what would otherwise be pristine and respectable communities. Interestingly, the term graffiti is an Italian word. Graffiti is actually the plural form of the mid-19th century Italian word “graffito,” meaning, “a scratch.” Ancient forms of graffiti can be seen scratched into stonewalls in Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The style of graffiti we are familiar with today began in New York in the late 1960s, being heavily influenced by hip-hop culture. Contemporary graffiti began with the underlying desire for artists to have their work seen by as many people as possible by tagging popular buildings and trains. This dream was made possible with the invention of the aerosol spray can, so that no subway car or freight train was safe from graffiti.

Although the original intentions of graffiti artist may be to express one’s art and brighten up a bland and dirty city, graffiti has become a stubborn blight on communities. Most graffiti is crude and sloppy. Most people see graffiti as a bad omen of gang activity encroaching on a community’s peaceful existence rather than art. Far from improving a space, graffiti often drains a community’s finances by depreciating nearby property values and forcing the government to use taxpayer dollars to clean up the graffiti. Both patrons and employees feel threatened by the presence of graffiti near the workplace, which can seriously hamper the success of a business.

Graffiti must be stopped. The most effective way to stop graffiti from occurring is by installing anti-graffiti cameras, specially designed to deter this unwanted criminal activity. Most graffiti “artists” believe that they can operate with impunity, but if that belief is debunked, they will be seriously deterred from committing any crime. Anti-Graffiti Cameras are designed to both ward off would-be criminals and identify criminals who choose to follow through on their destructive intentions. There is no better solution to stop graffiti than Anti-Graffiti Cameras.

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Graffiti on Train

Graffiti and Community Fear

According to the broken window theory, there are many phenomena which are nearly universally agreed upon as disorderly, such as broken windows. Graffiti falls under this umbrella of universally recognized disorderly phenomena. And as a disorderly phenomenon, graffiti fosters fear among the general populace. The presence of such blatant disorder on the walls of buildings and the sides of trains communicates a lack of control, anarchy if you will. The fact that people are able to vandalize private and public property implies that there is no authority which can stop or prevent these criminals. Thus, the presence of graffiti in a community diminishes the public’s trust in their government to protect them from crime and fosters an atmosphere of unease throughout the community.

Additionally, the aesthetic condition of one’s home heavily influence’s one’s mood and self-perception. If someone lives in a town which is riddled with graffiti, they are more likely to feel depressed from the subconscious worries of being in danger and feeling like their life is chaotic. Also, if a person’s town is dirty and dominated by graffiti, they will lose self-esteem by associating their personal worth with the neglect of their community’s appearance. People who live in unkept, rundown areas will think that they deserve to be treated the same way, deplorably.

Overall, illegal graffiti will lower the quality of life in a community. It must be stopped!

However, it is impossible for public authorities to always be available to deter graffiti criminals, especially since much graffiti is done late at night or where police are less likely to be patrolling. Having crime deterrent cameras, which can constantly “patrol” building exteriors or train yards, is the most effective method for combating illegal graffiti. As soon as the criminals approach an area where they might paint on the walls, they will be startled, and behavior modification will take place.

Vandalism and Decreasing Property Values

Vandalism and Decreasing Property Values

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 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. And preventing vandalism will benefit communities immensely, by removing this catalyst crime.

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