Park Statues & Historic Monuments Vulnerable to Theft & Vandalism

From Seattle to Detroit to Miami, thieves vandals are on the prowl raiding public parks and national, historically preserved sites. They strip valuable metal and head for metal recycling facilities where they exchange the “scrap” metal for money.

Copper and other metal prices have risen dramatically in recent years, as well as the increased overseas demand for scrap metal.  Correlating to that rise is a significant increase in copper/metal theft and vandalism.  With the issue growing to severe levels since 2010, legislation has been introduced to address the problem of metal theft and its dangerous and costly ramifications.

Park statues and memorials are targeted even when these cultural icons are securely fastened or cemented down, causing extensive  and expensive damage not only to the targeted metal but to other structures as well. Thieves are not deterred by public spaces where they dare to carry out these deeds. These activities typically take place after hours when these parks and recreational areas are left vacant and unmonitored.

However, once gone these historical, artistic, and priceless statues and memorials can never be replaced. The cultural loss is felt permanently. Protect your parks from nuisance crime and safeguard your city’s irreplaceable historical monuments and community pride.

Broken Window Theory

"Broken Windows Theory" helps create safer communities

A widely influential concept in criminology and policing method called the “Broken Windows Theory” holds that keeping an urban area maintained (for instance, fixing a broken window) and monitoring the area with a focus on deterring nuisance crimes (illegal trash dumping, vandalism, graffiti), helps create an atmosphere of law-abiding order. This in turn helps prevent major crimes from occurring.

New York Police Commissioner William Bratton states the goal is to “[s]top the behavior when it’s small, stop the cancer when it’s small.” Not only does this proactive crime prevention approach create a safer, healthier community, it also increases property value while saving the city hundreds of thousands of dollars on repairs and maintenance costs to reverse extensive damages before the situation grows to an unmanageable condition.

Bring the community onboard to help fight crime, strengthen neighborhood ties and reduce fear by giving the residents peace of mind that they are being protected. Strategically utilize crime deterrence devices for maximum benefit and help to prevent a climate conducive to serious crimes. Take back your neighborhoods and urban environments for safe, healthy, vibrant community life.


Buffalo, NY: Creating a haven of beauty and functionality prevents nuisance crimes

Mayor Byron Brown and his Parks and Recreation team have invested substantially in the city’s renowned park system designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in Buffalo, New York.

Through Brown’s comprehensive parks capital improvement plan, the mayor demonstrated commitment to safety, lower costs, healthy lifestyles and the attraction of new residents.

His plan included upgrades and improvements to existing structures like the playground, pool, park shelter, and the installation of a skate plaza, a new rain garden, and recreational walk way among other things.

“I’m proud of the results….City residents have since experienced increased service and a quicker response to neighborhood parks issues. We also lowered maintenance costs and improved facilities at parks by forging new and creative partnerships with not-for-profit organizations,” Brown said.

These kinds of improvements bring people together and provide healthy ways for youth to engage in activities and sports. Healthy community involvement keeps them away from issues contributing to park vandalism, graffiti, theft, burglary, property crimes, remedial programs or incarceration. Strategically revitalizing parks throughout the city unifies the community, saves money, and makes it safer for everyone.