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Parks Should be Protected From Vandalism

Parks Should be Protected From Vandalism

Public parks are a major asset to the health and prosperity of a community. Parks provide free modes of exercise to residents. Parks attract home buyers, both young families searching for a new home and older couples who are looking to retire. Communities which possess parks tend to be more tightly knit residents than those which do not have parks. Residents may even go so far as to support and protect one another as a result of the relationships they form around their parks. And when residents have strong bonds with each other, crime decreases drastically. All of these benefits brought by parks help to make communities ideal for living a full life. Nevertheless, parks are not impervious to crime, especially vandalism.

Vandalism is the kryptonite of park prosperity due to the multi-faceted destruction it wreaks upon its targets. Vandalism is the unlawful destruction of property. When park property is destroyed, people are not only deprived of physical benefits like exercise space, but mental, relational, and financial benefits as well. Stress and fear begin to plague residents when they see vandalism in their parks. The fear and loss of recreational equipment discourages social bonding between residents. And the costs of fixing or replacing the damaged property increases taxes on law-abiding citizens. Vandalism must be stopped at all costs!

Thankfully, there is a sure-fire way of defeating vandalism: Vandalism Cameras. These specially designed Vandalism Cameras are the perfect solution to vandalism in parks because they do not need to eat or sleep like people do. These cameras will constantly guard the safety of parks 24/7 and scare off would-be vandals. Criminals can no longer commit vandalism anonymously. The vandalism cameras will hold criminals accountable for their actions and deter the crime from being committed.

Brief History of Vandalism in Parks

Brief History of Vandalism in Parks

The history of vandalism is a long and tragic one. The term “vandalism” was first coined by the Abbe Henri Gregoire, the Bishop of Blois in 1794. The Bishop coined the term for the purpose of denouncing and quenching the widespread riots which had enveloped all of France in the early months of the French Revolution. The Bishop was inspired to use the term “vandalism” as he remembered the violent reputation of the Vandals. The Vandals were a Germanic tribe who played a huge role in the fall of the Roman Empire. The people had become so out of control that they were beginning to act like the Vandals, destroying the very country they were trying to liberate from an oppressive French monarchy. The Bishop wanted to re-establish the pure and good principles of the revolution that had been lost in the hateful confusion of the rioting. So, the Bishop labeled the destructive behavior of the rioters as “vandalism.” The effort to paint the rioters’ behavior in a negative light succeeded. The term “vandalism” caught like wildfire and spread across Europe within weeks. The term originally referred to systematic revolutionary violence, but soon began to predominantly refer to the general desecration of art and architecture. All this to say, vandalism is no peripheral matter, regardless of where it takes place.

Unfortunately, the old practice of vandalism is still alive and well in our communities, especially public parks. The irresponsible and vengeful vandalism of public parks inflicts crippling blows to nearby residents. The presence of vandalism mars a community’s image and decreases real estate values. Many parks and recreation departments need to spend 30% of their maintenance budget to repair damages caused by vandalism, leaving no room for improving facilities. Communities need to put an end to vandalism.

The best way to stop vandalism from continuing to destroy communities is by installing state-of-the-art Vandalism Deterrent Cameras, which are specially designed to stop vandalism in parks, providing communities security in knowing their parks are protected and warding off vandals.

Vandalism Hurts Communities

Vandalism Hurts Communities

A study has been done which demonstrates that where crime rates go up, property prices go down. When property prices go down, the economic livelihood of a community suffers. All kinds of crime contribute to this housing value avalanche, even crimes which at first glance may seem harmless, such as vandalism.

However, vandalism is actually the crime which most negatively affects the economic values of homes in an area. The reason behind this reality is that crimes do not occur in a vacuum, isolated from each other. The repeated occurrences of crime in one area foster an atmosphere of lawlessness which emboldens would-be criminals to actualize their illegal intentions. After a certain number of crimes occur in a single area, the atmosphere gives birth to a crime hot spot.

Unfortunately, crime hot spots cause a significant decrease in housing prices in the immediate area, even more so than the average crime rate of the whole town. And the worst kind of hot spot is a vandalism hot spot. The logic is such: vandalism affects the appearance of an area long term, allowing everyone to witness the continual aftermath of a crime.

House buyers read the anarchy and vulgarities of vandalism as a sign that no authority is in control of the area, that the neighborhood is in decline, and so they avoid these areas if they can.

Research suggests that physically observable crimes more effectively induce fear in the community than non-observable crimes. Thus, the strongest correlation between levels of different kinds of crime that can be found is between presence of vandalism hot spots in a community and violence, car theft, and house burglary.

The best way to combat vandalism and defend the economic livelihood of a community is to utilize crime deterrent cameras. Most vandalism is extremely expensive to erase and repair and occurs at times when there is little chance of the perps being caught in the act. Therefore, by strategically placing crime deterrent cameras, would-be vandals will be halted before they have a chance to commit the rapid, yet costly crime.

Preventing vandalism will benefit communities immensely!

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Vandalism During the Pandemic

Vandalism During the Pandemic

Social distancing is the new norm for our society during this pandemic. Most people have been staying safe inside their homes. Unfortunately, there are some who are taking advantage of this momentous opportunity to do harm to their local communities.

While cities remain closed, they now face the concerns and troubles that come from vandalism including “spray-painted bleachers, missing signage, damaged athletic fields, torn-up synthetic playground surfacing and deliberately dismantled playground equipment.”

Vandalism is costly and dangerous to communities. Destructive activity tends to increase when people are vacant, such as holidays or weekends. Sadly, rascals are taking advantage of the pandemic and creating a heyday, intending to vandalize and terrorize cities. Local parks receive the worst of the damage.

What should a community do?

Here are some measures that cities should take to protect their cities from vandalism during this pandemic:

  • Communities should offer after school virtual programs for youth, especially inviting to those with destructive tendencies.
  • Cities should increase their budget for educating the community on how much vandalism costs them.
  • Security measures should be implemented, such as crime deterrent cameras that prevent vandalism.

Vandalism is damaging to communities, but it can be fought by investing a little effort into crime prevention tools and systems, such as the examples above.