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How to Stop Quality of Life Crimes

How to Stop Quality of Life Crimes

What are quality of life crimes, and how do you stop them?  Quality of life crimes are nuisance crimes that affect the way we live and the enjoyment of our life and our environment.  Nuisance crimes such as illegal dumping, vandalism and graffiti take away from the quality-of-life people want to enjoy.

Take for instance illegal dumping.  Illegal dumping brings down the property values because it is an eye sore but also because illegal dumping brings disease.  Disease can enter the waterways from illegal dumping.  Illegal Dumping also attracts rats and mosquitoes, which both also bring diseases. Rats carry fleas and bacteria which spreads to the community they multiple in.  Mosquitos carry diseases such as Zika, West Nile Virus, La Crosse Encephalitis.

Other quality-of-life crimes are vandalism and graffiti.  Vandalism and graffiti also bring down the property values, is hideous and dangerous, and attracts more dangerous crime into the neighborhood.  When people live in a safe and comfortable environment, the stress level is significantly lower.  Nobody wants to live somewhere there is a constant reminder of crime and the threat of crime.

Nuisance crimes happen anywhere, but especially isolated areas in the community, such as an abandoned lot or a neighborhood park.

So, what can a community do to stop the quality-of-life crimes in their neighborhood?

If your community is having problems with illegal dumping, vandalism and graffiti, there are tools to combat these crimes that are specifically designed to provide prosecutable images in remote areas where electricity and internet are not possible or difficult to access. They are also very effective at stopping vandalism and graffiti before the crime occurs.

What is your neighborhood doing to stop quality-of-life crimes?

 

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.

 

Take Ownership-Stop Park Vandalism

Take Ownership-Stop Park Vandalism

Has your park suffered vandalism? There are some places that hold a special place in our hearts because of the fond memories we forged there. It is always enjoyable to revisit some of those cherished places and bask in the nostalgia they contain. Conversely, it can be quite disconcerting to revisit a beloved park from your youth only to find that it has morphed into a cesspool of crime.

The hard truth is that even our most beloved and safe parks are vulnerable to corruption. No matter how pristine and innocent a park is, its tranquil order can be disrupted by a few acts of vandalism. Vandalism is an incredibly visible crime that can easily alter the perception of a park from safe to unsafe. “Visible signs of depreciative behavior” such as vandalism act as gateway crimes to more serious and fatal crimes. When a park suffers from litter or destruction of property that is not promptly cleaned up or fixed, a two-pronged strike is dealt to the park. The two prongs of the strike are that law-abiding park goers begin to feel unsafe and potential criminals gain confidence that they can act without suffering from punitive justice. It is crucial that park management proactively prevents vandalism from ravaging their parks to prevent its decline into criminal activity.

To take back a park from bad element activities a presence of guardianship must be established. Keeping the bad elements out of the park is a difficult task. The community must work with park management to establish ownership and care. Resources and tools, such as patrols and cameras, are also necessary to combat park crimes. However, normal surveillance cameras will not be enough and does not deter the destruction that vandalism cause. Fortunately, there are Park Vandalism Cameras, specifically designed to stop Quality-of-Life Crimes such as graffiti and vandalism. They can easily identify small tattoos and ink stains on a finger, but they also contain unique qualities that are proactive to deter crime before it happens.

What is your community doing to protect your parks and maintain their safe atmosphere for families to make memories?

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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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