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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?

 

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.

 

#Nograffiti #Novandalism #ProtectParks #WeAreParksAndRec #StopVandalism

 

How to Protect the Park

How to Protect the Park

In an age of COVID-19, people are more separated than ever. People no longer feel comfortable with even crossing the street to greet their neighbors, let alone offer a friendly handshake. Never before has the thought of engaging in a friendly interaction been considered to be irresponsible or dangerous, but that is the reality we live with now. People no longer feel that they are allowed start relationships with their neighbors. When everyone in a community is an island, everyone will be vulnerable to crime and disaster because they will lack the support system which is usually present in a community.

The one thing which can help turn the tide in this isolation crisis is the public parks system. Public parks are a place where people can gather outside, free from the fear of contracting COVID-19. As a great leader, Alexander Robertson has begun to utilize parks to reunite and rebuild communities which are suffering from neglect and crime. Using fun, outdoor activities, Robertson is breaking down barriers between neighbors. At parks, communities are able to gather together, become more organized, and have their needs heard and met.

Nevertheless, even small nuisance crimes can threaten to disrupt the life-giving activities of parks. If we want our parks to remain protected, then we need to establish iron-clad deterrence.

Protect your Parks:

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

 

When a park utilizes crime deterrent cameras, the park will be protected.

#NoVandalism, #ProtectParks, #Parksandrec, #ParksAndRecreation, #WeAreParksAndRec

 

City Park

Protect the Parks

If your career is in Parks and Recreation, then you are most likely familiar with the NRPA Americans’ Engagement with Parks Survey which was released earlier this year.  The highlights suggest people enjoy the parks and want other people to enjoy the parks as well.  Having a park in the community is important to 9 out of 10 people.

 

The 2016 October NRPA article, Public Park Usage: Motives and Challenges, lists highlights worth noting.  Most of the key points focus on how often people visit the park and why.  Looking at the graph,  58% of the park users came to be with friends and family, and 52% visited to engage in some type of physical activity.  This may come as a surprise, but 3/4 of the people surveyed want more money spent on parks and recreation. Clearly, parks are important to people.  Parks increase the enjoyment of life and maybe even possibly the quality of life, which should be available to all people.

 

Unfortunately, some parks are targeted with graffiti and vandalism.  This causes concern for people who visit the park and the surrounding neighborhood.  Graffiti and vandalism bring down the enjoyment because it defaces the beauty of the park, but it also causes fear.  Parks that bear the burden of graffiti and vandalism lack the presence of security, which causes the park to no longer feel safe. In the same article mentioned above, personal safety was reported as a barrier to 17% of the people surveyed.  That means these people are not able to enjoy the park because of fears that they or the people they care about are not safe at the park.

 

Since parks are an important part of  quality life, it should be important to officials to safe guard the use of the parks for all communities and protect those who use them.  What are you doing to protect the parks?