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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!

#stopillegaldumping #noillegaldumpng #deterrence

 

 

Illegal Dumping and Depression

Illegal Dumping and Depression

It is commonly understood that your environment can affect your mood. But did you know depression is linked to illegal dumping? People who live in nice, clean cities are less likely to experience depression than people who live in communities surrounded by trash. People who live near common illegal dumping sites are more likely to experience anxiety and depression. However, did you know that people who reside near illegal dumping areas are also more likely to experience violent anger as well as depression? This is because depression and violence are often closely linked. This means that people who live near illegal dumping grounds are subject to violent danger in addition to depression.

Here are measures to take to stop illegal dumping in your community:

  • Educate the community:
    • Social Media
    • Billboards
    • Town Meetings
  • Enable the community:
    • Volunteer Clean Up Days
    • No Cost Trash Drop Off Days
  • Equip your staff:
    • Healthy budget dedicated to illegal dumping
    • Healthy laws to enforce high penalties for illegal dumping
    • Illegal Dumping Cameras to fight illegal dumping

Fighting against illegal dumping is essential because it protects people from depression and potential violence. What is your community doing to fight illegal dumping?

#noillegaldumping #stopillegaldumping #fightillegaldumping

 

Illegal Dumping Ignites Fires

Illegal Dumping Ignites Fires

Illegal Dumping Ignites Fires In the year 2019, there were 50,477 wildfires reported in the United States. It is hard to predict when fire disasters will occur, but they can be prevented. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 90% of the fires are started by people through negligence. An unattended campfire or a downed power line can cause a fire, but did you know that illegal dumping can also cause fires?  One of the biggest causes of fire is piles of garbage in dry, hot areas. When trash is not discarded properly, it can cause fires. Illegal dumping of tires causes the worst type of fires, as the oil within the tires once ignited is hard to put out. And according to the EPA, tire fires cause toxic gases and hazardous compounds that pollute our environment.  It is important that the officials of our communities do everything they can to prevent illegal dumping. Here are some suggestions:

  • Staff Resources: Staff that is specially trained and dedicated in preventing illegal dumping. Besides responding and investigating complaints and prosecuting, this includes educating the public.
  • Educate: Use Billboards, Social Media, and News Outlets to get the word out to Educate your community. Talk about the dangers of illegal dumping and the consequences both environmentally and individually.
  • Provide Hot lines: Hot lines are a very resourceful tool that every city should have available.  When a citizen sees an act of illegal dumping, they can call, text or email information to the Enforcers.
  • Legislation: Every city needs laws and fines to enforce the battle against illegal dumping
  • Tools:  Illegal dumping cameras.  These cameras are specifically designed to provide prosecutable evidence needed in the war against illegal dumping.

When measures are taken to prevent illegal dumping, we can prevent fires. It is time to start taking illegal dumping seriously.