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Create a Safe Park Environment

Create a Safe Park Environment

The National Recreation Association created an excellent article on Park Safety.  One of the highlights from the article is park management should conduct a Community Based Safety Audit.  A Community Base Safety Audit will give your park a clear indication as to whether or not your park is perceived safe.  According to the article having the perception of a safe park is just as vital as having actual safety within the park.

If the community perceives that crime takes place such as vandalism, graffiti and drug use, they will not visit the park. The article lists several solutions:

  • Programmed sports and other activities
  • All activities include a human presence
  • Clear and understandable signage
  • Lighting that enhances the perception of safety
  • Surveillance: formal and informal

The article also shares success stories experienced by hard to hit cities.

All the highlights help in reducing unwanted activity such as vandalism, graffiti and drug use.  However, creating a safe park environment is not easy.  Besides the physical presence of a human monitoring activities, Park Vandalism Cameras provide a presence.  Park Vandalism Cameras are specifically designed to stop unwanted activities that affect Quality- of- Life.  They are different than traditional surveillance cameras, as the are proactive and provide prosecutable evidence such as a tattoo or ink on a finger.

Work with your community and create a safe park.

 

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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Protecting Skate Parks and Splash Pads

Protecting Skate Parks and Splash Pads

A skate park and a splash park are great assets to the community and should be protected from vandalism and graffiti.

The community skate park and splash pad add a lot of entertainment and outdoor exercise for both youth and adults.  Outdoor exercise is known to decrease the probability of illness and depression. What better opportunity for outdoor exercise than a skate park or a splash pad?  It is exercise in the disguise of play and socialization.

The time, energy, and cost in creating a skate park and splash pad can be daunting, but it is well worth the effort.  According to the Tony Hawk Foundation, the average cost to build a skate park runs between $200,000- $400,000, with an additional cost to maintain.  According to Chelan County, the estimated cost to create a splash pad is between $800,000-$2,000,000, also with an additional cost to maintain.

With investing so much into a park, it is essential to protect it.

Unfortunately, both skate parks and splash pads are frequently targeted with graffiti and vandalism. This crime is ghastly as it affects the entire community.  Additional unfortunate details are graffiti and vandalism bring down the property values and usher in more devastating crime into the community, such as drugs and violence.  Graffiti and vandalism bring down the entire community’s quality-of-life.

Therefore, it is important to protect your parks from vandalism and graffiti, these quality-of-life offenders. It is also imperative you protect your dollar asset and the hard work that went into building those awesome parks the community loves.

How to protect your park’s assets:

  • Maintain adequate lighting at night
  • Post operating hours
  • Enclose the park with fencing
  • Install Park Vandalism Cameras– designed specifically to stop quality-of-life crimes

Traditional video cameras do not stop quality-of-life crimes.

What is your city doing to protect your great park achievements?

 

Stop Park Graffiti-Stop Community Depression

Stop Park Graffiti-Stop Community Depression

Nature is essential to human happiness. Those who spend more of their time outdoors have a stronger immune system and are able to avoid illness. Did you know that being out in nature also helps improve mental health? Outdoor activities improve the mental state and increases serotonin.

People enjoy the parks in many different ways.  Some use the park for activities like tennis, soccer or baseball.  Others spend time at the park to picnic with loved ones or walk on trails.  Regardless of the reason people are drawn to a park, graffiti and vandalism will dampen their enthusiasm. Most people do not long to spend leisure time in a neglected park, riddled with graffiti or broken equipment.

This is because clean parks increase our overall well-being.

Many cities face the issue of keeping their parks graffiti-free. For some people, the only park in their community is one that experiences the crime of graffiti and vandalism. When these people walk through their park and see the graffiti and vandalism every day, it sends negative signals to their brain. It makes the community feel dirty and depressed knowing that their local park has been violated.

It is extremely important to keep parks clean. Quality-of-Life Crime Deterrent Systems are specially designed for parks to stop negative behavior such as graffiti and vandalism at parks.  Utilizing Quality-of-Life Crime Systems, very important tools, prevent costly clean up and equipment replacement.

Preventing the crime of graffiti from occurring in the first place is the safest and less costly option to protect the park against unnecessary depression caused by graffiti and vandalism.

 

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