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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.

Protect Your Park from Vandalism

Protect Your Park from Vandalism

Parks are essential to the community and should be protected. The harsh reality is protecting the park from vandalism and graffiti is a daunting task. Unfortunately, it is estimated $12 billion is being relegated to the clean up of graffiti in the United States alone. Cleaning up graffiti is immensely expensive. The unbridled practice of graffiti and vandalism is crippling our government’s ability to maintain a high standard of life for American citizens. Vandalism, even in the form of graffiti, is ultimately governmental revenue being thrown in the trash. Vandalism is nothing more than a money pit.

It is difficult to apprehend vandals and graffiti “artists,” since anyone with a can of spray paint or mischievous thought can become one. Although graffiti artists and vandals are stereotyped as urban gangsters, the graffiti artist and vandal demographic are quite diverse. This makes apprehending vandals no easy task, they could be anyone. In combating graffiti and vandalism, it is essential to obtain the identity of the culprit.

The most effective way in which to identify graffiti artists and vandals is to set up cameras in crime hot spot locations. Unfortunately, most hot spots are in secluded areas where lighting and electricity are not available within the park, and it would be costly to install. Also, most cameras sold on the market cannot provide prosecutable images.

Fortunately, there are Park Vandalism Cameras that are specially designed to stop graffiti and vandalism. These Parks Vandalism Cameras are self-contained and portable, not needing lighting or electricity. The also provide unapparelled image resolution, allowing security to identify small tattoos at a great distance. Since graffiti and vandalism often occur in secluded areas or at night when there are less people around to witness the criminal activity, setting up Park Vandalism Cameras to keep constant watch over vulnerable property is the only way to prevent or at least punish the crime.

What is your community doing to protect your parks?

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Protecting Parks from Vandalism

Protecting Parks from Vandalism

Even beautiful, well-maintained parks can be the target of vandalism. Park bathrooms, pavilions, and playground equipment are among a long list of recipients under the torment of vandals.

Some vandals are youth that are bored and find a dark entertainment from committing thoughtless mischievous acts. There is also the lone wolf or the angry mob the wishes to inflict harm to the public park. Regardless of the reason, when a park shows signs of neglect other more serious crimes like drugs, prostitution, and gang violence besiege and penetrate the neighborhood.

Ideally, communities need to partner with their local police and park rangers to combat the dangers that infiltrate their public parks.  Shutting down a park to avoid protecting and maintaining a park is not an option, because safe clean parks are essential to the over all well being of the community. Multiple studies have been conducted and show protected parks enhance the property values of the nearby homes and add to the physical and mental health to the residents.

Unfortunately, keeping the vandals out of parks is difficult.

To stop vandalism, graffiti, and theft at your park certain measures must be in place:

  • Make sure there is adequate lighting
  • Create activities and programs that involve the community
  • Have Site Managers
  • Display Maps at entrances and walk routes
  • Have Security Measures in place, such as Park Vandalism Cameras
  • Clean up all vandalism and graffiti immediately
  • Maintain safety measures for the park and all park equipment

Safe parks are essential to the well being of the community and should be protected from vandalism to keep the park safe.

 

 

Park Vandalism Decreases City Revenue

Park Vandalism Decreases City Revenue

Park vandalism decreases the city revenue and should be stopped.

Many people were given tax breaks and a stimulus check due to the financial difficulties brought on by COVID-19. While people practiced social distancing and stayed safe indoors, it created the perfect opportunity for criminals and scoundrels to vandalize parks, homes, and public property. Park vandalism skyrocketed during the months of quarantine and social isolation.

Unfortunately, as the community recovers from the isolation and economic ramifications, park vandalism has not abated. And the communities hit the hardest by park vandalism are also those financially struggling the most.  Besides, the depression and lack of safety, cities suffer in in many ways when they are struck by the crime of vandalism. When the residents and businesses are not thriving financially, the city is hit in the revenue pocketbook.

Everyone knows the three most important factors when buying a property: location, location, location. Vandalism makes it harder for cities to build revenue because it defaces the image and reputation of the location. It also makes the real estate value decrease.

When real estate value goes down, it affects the marketplace and overall city revenue. This makes it harder for people who live in these cities to keep their jobs and homes.

What are cities to do to combat this and protect their city revenue?

Here are some ideas:

  • Increase city police budget
  • Install Park Vandalism Cameras 
  • Post signs of park hours
  • Install fences to minimize entry
  • Install vandal proof equipment
  • Increase the fine for city vandalism

 

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