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Protect Your Skate Park

Protect Your Skate Park

If your community has a skate park then you know protecting it and keeping it clean from trash, vandalism, and graffiti is challenging.  And if the park is not kept clean the reputation of the park is at stake.  When the skate park’s reputation takes a downturn, it can turn into an avalanche.

Skate parks are designed and implemented into the community to improve the park experience. According to the Tony Hawk Foundation, a majority of police-enforcement officers consider their skate park to be an asset and is a positive addition to the park.  This is good news.

Skate parks add so much fun for the community for adults and children alike.  The positive aspect of this type of activity is endless.    A lot of children today are over-weight and need activities that entice them to get out and move.  Skate boarding is an activity that does just that.

However, trash, graffiti, and vandalism are some of the major issues at a skate park and will damage the reputation of the park.  Once graffiti and vandalism have started, it is a battle to keep it away.  Even worse graffiti and vandalism attract more serious crimes.  An upkept Skate Park is also less appealing and gives off the sense that the park is not safe.  An abandoned Skate Park will fall prey to all sorts of crimes that a park’s department will not want to deal with.

To prevent negative behavior and quality of life crimes that threaten the reputation of the skate park, measures need to be taken.

Skate Park Cameras are designed to specifically stop negative behavior at parks. They are not just cameras that passively take pictures.

Protect your Skate Park from Quality-of-Life Crimes!

Brief History of Graffiti and the Negative Effects

Brief History of Graffiti and the Negative Effects

Graffiti is a controversial matter, especially in the United States. Many people see graffiti as a culturally significant artform that brings vibrancy to communities. Others see graffiti as a stain on what would otherwise be pristine and respectable communities. Interestingly, the term graffiti is an Italian word. Graffiti is actually the plural form of the mid-19th century Italian word “graffito,” meaning, “a scratch.” Ancient forms of graffiti can be seen scratched into stonewalls in Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The style of graffiti we are familiar with today began in New York in the late 1960s, being heavily influenced by hip-hop culture. Contemporary graffiti began with the underlying desire for artists to have their work seen by as many people as possible by tagging popular buildings and trains. This dream was made possible with the invention of the aerosol spray can, so that no subway car or freight train was safe from graffiti.

Although the original intentions of graffiti artist may be to express one’s art and brighten up a bland and dirty city, graffiti has become a stubborn blight on communities. Most graffiti is crude and sloppy. Most people see graffiti as a bad omen of gang activity encroaching on a community’s peaceful existence rather than art. Far from improving a space, graffiti often drains a community’s finances by depreciating nearby property values and forcing the government to use taxpayer dollars to clean up the graffiti. Both patrons and employees feel threatened by the presence of graffiti near the workplace, which can seriously hamper the success of a business.

Graffiti must be stopped. The most effective way to stop graffiti from occurring is by installing anti-graffiti cameras, specially designed to deter this unwanted criminal activity. Most graffiti “artists” believe that they can operate with impunity, but if that belief is debunked, they will be seriously deterred from committing any crime. Anti-Graffiti Cameras are designed to both ward off would-be criminals and identify criminals who choose to follow through on their destructive intentions. There is no better solution to stop graffiti than Anti-Graffiti Cameras.

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Parks are Essential to our Health

Parks are Essential to our Health

During this challenging pandemic, health is more important than ever. When the immune system is down, it becomes difficult to fight off viruses and infections. When your body is not as prime as it could be, mental health also suffers. Mental and physical health are directly related: mental health impacts physical health and vice versa.

Nature is imperative to our health. For example, we need vitamin D for both our physical and emotional health. Historically, the public park was created with mental health in mind. Parks encourage physical activity and people who live close to parks are more prone to use them for exercise. Without scenic recreational areas, people are more likely to suffer from obesity and depression. Beauty is necessary for the public health. 

We take nature and aesthetics for granted. We take advantage of pristine parks and do not think about the care and effort that is put into keeping it desirable to communities. We do not think about the communities that cannot afford to do what it takes to keep parks free of litter and vandalism. It takes work to keep parks aesthetically appealing and free from graffiti and vandalism. For example, security guards and  anti-vandalism cameras may be a necessary asset to your park for the safety and health of your city. Also, signs reminding the public that the park is meant for everyone. Harming parks harms the entire community. 

We need to keep our parks clean and safe for our health and restore our communities to their original glory.

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Park Vandalism Hurts

Park Vandalism Hurts

Park Vandalism Hurts

Did you know one of the first parks built on public lands for public use was between 61 and 55 BCE? The Porticus Pompeiana, one of Ancient Rome’s first public parks was created with pools, fountains and plants of all kinds and was intended to be a space for people to walk, relax and enjoy leisure activities.  Today our public parks are created with the same mindset and to help bring communities and families together. Unfortunately, parks have become the victims of nuisance crimes such as: illegal dumping, theft, and especially vandalism.

Vandalism in the parks can take on many forms such as graffiti and the destruction of public property.  The least costly wreckage is the destruction of signs, but some more costly targets are streetlights, pavilions and public bathrooms, which can be very costly to repair.  Unfortunately, parks are a public attraction for vandalism.

Park Vandals are at times younger people who are bored and looking for mischief.  However, when vandalism occurs in parks, it is highly related to gangs within the community who are responsible for this crime. Gangs use graffiti to tag “their property” and to make rival gangs and the community aware of their “ownership”.  Park Officials who spend many hours in the planning and care for their parks need to take back the parks, because if the destruction either in the form of graffiti or vandalism remains long, it empowers the gangs to further violence.  The community, the intended recipients of the park, then becomes fearful to even walk close to the park.    

What does it mean to take back the park? To take back the park means to show the gangs that the park is not theirs, it is owned by the community.   

How to Prevent Park Vandalism: