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Take Ownership-Stop Park Vandalism

Take Ownership-Stop Park Vandalism

Has your park suffered vandalism? There are some places that hold a special place in our hearts because of the fond memories we forged there. It is always enjoyable to revisit some of those cherished places and bask in the nostalgia they contain. Conversely, it can be quite disconcerting to revisit a beloved park from your youth only to find that it has morphed into a cesspool of crime.

The hard truth is that even our most beloved and safe parks are vulnerable to corruption. No matter how pristine and innocent a park is, its tranquil order can be disrupted by a few acts of vandalism. Vandalism is an incredibly visible crime that can easily alter the perception of a park from safe to unsafe. “Visible signs of depreciative behavior” such as vandalism act as gateway crimes to more serious and fatal crimes. When a park suffers from litter or destruction of property that is not promptly cleaned up or fixed, a two-pronged strike is dealt to the park. The two prongs of the strike are that law-abiding park goers begin to feel unsafe and potential criminals gain confidence that they can act without suffering from punitive justice. It is crucial that park management proactively prevents vandalism from ravaging their parks to prevent its decline into criminal activity.

To take back a park from bad element activities a presence of guardianship must be established. Keeping the bad elements out of the park is a difficult task. The community must work with park management to establish ownership and care. Resources and tools, such as patrols and cameras, are also necessary to combat park crimes. However, normal surveillance cameras will not be enough and does not deter the destruction that vandalism cause. Fortunately, there are Park Vandalism Cameras, specifically designed to stop Quality-of-Life Crimes such as graffiti and vandalism. They can easily identify small tattoos and ink stains on a finger, but they also contain unique qualities that are proactive to deter crime before it happens.

What is your community doing to protect your parks and maintain their safe atmosphere for families to make memories?

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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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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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