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Park Vandalism Deterrent Program

In order for communities to remain safe, the members of the community need to partner with the police force of their respective municipality. Neither police, nor community residents can successfully fend off crime on their own. The police have the muscle and equipment necessary to confront criminals head-on and apprehend them. However, community residents possess a more intimate knowledge of the specific problems which are plaguing their neighborhoods. Only by means of a partnership will criminals be effectively thwarted from carrying out their nefarious intentions in communities.

Unfortunately, police officers have come under immense suspicion in recent years. If there is to be any alliance formed between police and the communities they serve, trust must be re-established. A key component to forming trust is adopting a policy of transparency. Police need to keep their communities up to date on all relevant information regarding criminal activity and the police’s investigative and preventative response to said criminal activity. Once law enforcement agencies display their good will with a policy of transparency, citizens will be more likely to open up and share.

Citizens will be able to aid police in their law enforcement efforts if they are given the opportunity to and feel comfortable with sharing pertinent information regarding the workings of their neighborhoods. Police need to know where crimes are taking place and what kind of crimes they are. Nuisance crimes that affect quality of life, are often manifested in vandalism and graffiti, especially in parks.  These types of park crimes invite more hideous and violent crimes into the neighborhood.  If citizens are willing to work with the police to remove these types of crimes the overall crime will decrease.  To make the neighborhood safe, communities need implement a Park Vandalism Deterrent Program, which includes cameras designed specifically to stop vandalism and other nuisance crimes that plague parks.

Social Media-Fight Against Park Vandalism

Social Media-Fight Against Park Vandalism

In this day and age, where we are more connected than ever through social media, it is a wonder that more people have not utilized social media to fight crime, especially the more elusive ones like vandalism. Vandals love to operate after hours when no one is around so that they can commit their crimes with relative anonymity. This practice makes it incredibly difficult to catch vandals, however they do often leave behind audacious clues which can lead to their arrest. Leaving behind such incriminating clues is all due to the vandals’ egos.

Many criminals, including vandals, foolishly leave hints of their illegal activities on social media. You see, vandalism is often a highly visible crime like graffiti that is committed because vandals want to be recognized for their boldness and ferocity. Nevertheless, vandals still want to remain relatively anonymous so that they can avoid the legal repercussions of their actions. So, vandals will often leave pictures of themselves at the crime scene on their private social media page like Facebook. Vandals think that since their pages are private, that no one who would turn them in can see the incriminating evidence they post. Nevertheless, police have picked up on this trend and used the photos and other posts of vandals on social media to find and arrest them.

If you see any suspicious photos or comments on social media of friends or friends of friends, you can join the fight against vandalism.

Because we cannot always count on vandals to make sloppy mistakes, parks need other sure means of identifying and prosecuting criminals.  Parks suffering from vandalism and graffiti should use Park Vandalism Cameras, which are specially designed to identify a face or other unique feature like a tattoo, even in complete darkness.

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Parks Environmental Protection

Parks Environmental Protection

Parks and Recreation Directors are people who care about the environment. They know how beautiful, well-kept parks have historically proven many societal benefits, as well as the environmental protection it provides.  Which is why they use the resources necessary to keep our parks clean and free from improper waste disposal, infamously known as illegal dumping.

Unfortunately, abatements of illegal waste costs the government, as well as the law-abiding, tax-paying citizens dollar amounts that can run into the millions, sometimes billions per year.   These accounts could preferably be spent on better upkeep care and preservation of the environment, rather than spending it on the environmental cleanups of illegal and absolutely preventable dumping.

Parks Directors understand that garbage, dumped illegally by thoughtless individuals, harms the environment.  If debris is dumped at a publicly accessible area, this can be dangerous to people.  It is an injury threat if discarded scrap is dumped in an area where children play, or where people play sports, such as near a playground or in a recreational area.  Illegal dumping sites might also contain toxic waste, which can be detrimental to human health.   When illegal waste dumped contains toxic materials that cause a hostile environment to parks, it not only makes it unsafe for people, but it simultaneously kills off the wildlife, and it poisons the habitat of the plants and the trees.

When all the good people, all the innocent wild animals and all the beautiful gardens and plants are gone, that’s when crime increases.  The homeless population moves into the park, and it becomes a common dumping site.  Not only is this waste dumping a form of environmental vandalism in and of itself, but the site of trash everywhere will cause other, thoughtless vandals to further disrespect the park, and other types of vandalism such as graffiti and property destruction may become more prevalent.  The park at this point could become a gang territory as well.  It is also easier to hide other unlawful activity in an environment like this, and it could very well become a hot spot for illegal drugs and violent crime.

This very sad domino-effect has an overall negative impact on society.  The numbers of negative side effects of a bad environment add up in droves, which is why the Directors of Parks and Recreation are good at taking extra heed to prevent all types of crime, such as illegal dumping, from ever becoming a crisis.  It’s all about nipping illegal dumping in the bud before it blossoms into a full bloom environmental catastrophe.

Environmental protection starts with crime prevention.

Protecting Park Assets

Protecting Park Assets

During the park closures back in 2020, we all learned that parks are essential to the health and wellbeing of the community, and the assets of a park provided need to be protected.

Unfortunately, there have been many incidents of vandalism, metal theft, and graffiti at are beloved parks.  To our greatest surprise are the occurrences within our historic parks and natural beauties.  It is hard to understand the person who would commit such a hideous crime.  Whether it’s youthful ignorance or anger directed at society, it is a very sad crime that affects our entire nation.

The vandalism that occurs at the local park is also sad.  Children come to play on the swing set or the slide, only to find it is not available due to vandalism.  Youth feel depression and unsafe when they discover their skate park has been defaced with graffiti.  And the football game will not happen because some culprit stole the wiring out of the lights.

All these tragic events occur very often.

Protecting Park property is more than surveillance.  Surveillance has its benefits, but it does not deter. Therefore, the park equipment such as field lights, bathrooms, playground equipment, and pavilions are destroyed and must be repaired or replaced.

This is very heartbreaking to the park visitors but also to the park rangers and recreation supervisors.  Because the park is created by their hard work and dedication, the destruction of the park is a blow to their heart.

Protecting Park resources are easier than you may believe.  There is a Park Vandalism Camera, specifically designed to stop vandals and other nuisance crime perpetrators before they strike.

What is your community doing to stop park vandalism and protect your park?