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Stop Quality of Life Crimes

Stop Quality of Life Crimes

To stop quality-of-life crimes, a community must understand the crimes. All people desire to have a quality life. The details that go into what defines quality are different from one person to another person.  However, most people agree on the details that take qualities-of-life away such as sickness, lack of food, or lack of shelter. But what about a community?

What qualities of life should a community aspire to have? Most people would agree a thriving community is safe, has nice parks, and clean public areas to enjoy. There are concerns that hurt a community’s quality of life.

These concerns come in the form of graffiti, vandalism, and illegal dumping.  Graffiti and vandalism bring an atmosphere of danger and heighten alertness, the opposite of feelings of safety.  And Illegal dumping, besides the blight, introduces disease and toxic pollution, which can cause illness.

If a community wants to provide quality-of-life to its citizens’, then the community must place these concerns in the discussion.

End the cycle of quality-of-life crimes!

 

Stop Vandalism in Parks

Stop Vandalism in Parks

Parks are an essential component of a thriving community. While parks at first glance may seem mundane or unimportant, they turn out to play a crucial role in the well-being of a community. There are economic, health, and social benefits to building and maintaining high-quality parks in communities. Parks contribute to the economic value of a community because people are willing to pay more to live closer to parks. In general, the values of all properties rise when they are nearby parks due to their enviable location. Additionally, parks indirectly generate significant amounts of revenue for communities by providing a place to host sporting matches, arts events, and festivals.

The health benefits brought about by parks are rooted in their recreational potential. According to the CDC, maintaining clean and recreative parks can drastically improve the health of the community’s residents by inspiring up to 25% of them to exercise regularly.  And of course the social benefits produced by parks are derived from residents having a gathering place where communal bonds can be formed and strengthened. Research shows that community involvement in public parks correlates with lower levels of crime and higher levels of public pride. Clearly, public parks are essential ingredients for achieving a high quality of life in communities.

For this reason, we must strive to protect our parks from vandalism. All the wonderful benefits of parks can be undone by vandalism. The presence of graffiti, litter, and other forms of vandalism in parks portrays an image of anarchy and danger which will both depress current residents and repel potential residents. If communities want to preserve their quality of life, then they must take action to prevent and halt vandalism. The best course of action to take for this is utilizing vandalism deterrent systems. Vandalism deterrent systems are designed especially for parks to deter crime.

Cities must protect their parks.

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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 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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