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Protect Parks from Vandalism

Protect Parks from Vandalism

Protect parks from vandalism because obesity is one of the major leading causes of death in the U.S. And even if it 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? Schools, sports, park activities and other group physical activities have been canceled since March, and the United States is 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, when 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 they are at a higher risk of obesity. 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 cameras that deter crime from occurring. When the crime is prevented, parks can be preserved, and children can enjoy playing at the park and maintaining their physical health.

Protect your parks from vandalism.

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How to Combat Nuisance Crimes

How to Combat Nuisance Crimes

There are many types of nuisance crimes such as: graffiti, vandalism, illegal dumping, trespassing, and metal theft. These types of nuisance crimes are becoming an epidemic throughout the entire world.

Each type of nuisance crime affects not only the environment but also the community. When the community is overrun with different defacing crimes, it lowers the communities “worth”. The city starts to look unmaintained and dirty, thus making the city undesirable. Nuisance crimes need to be stopped.

There are many different programs available to cities:

  • “Alley-Gating”. This program helps stop crimes by blocking off restricted areas that are targets from different nuisance crimes. This kind of program can help limit some of the crimes that occur in cities.
  • “Hot- spot Policing”. When crimes seem to be occurring frequently in certain spots, they are known as hot-spots. If there are active policemen around the hot-spot area, the crime drops drastically, however this is costly.
  • Hot Line numbers. Every city should have hot line numbers that citizens can anonymously call and inform the city when they witness a crime happen. Although hot line numbers do not stop crime, they do help reduce crime.
  • Crime Deterrent Cameras. These kinds of cameras help deter crime before it occurs. Almost all occurrences of nuisance crime disappear when deployed.
How to Enforce Social Distancing in Public Spaces

How to Enforce Social Distancing in Public Spaces

Enforcing social distancing has become a fierce challenge for cities of all sizes and cultures.  Most people who are being defiant are well behaved citizens, under normal circumstances.

Most park officials and enforcement officers do not want to be tasked with the unpleasant duty of removing citizens from public places, especially if it involves legal enforcement. 

The solution is deterrence. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a deterrent is “serving to discourage, prevent or inhibit”

But how does one deter the community from enjoying a park they have come to love and enjoy?  A park your department has worked so hard to create for the public to enjoy. There is a tool that can help with this distasteful responsibility.

Traditional surveillance systems do not have the immediate presence needed in these unique times.  The best tool must have a presence that distracts the groups from their activity and redirects their thoughts to do what they know is responsible. Public Nuisance Cameras that are used for deterring vandalism and graffiti are designed to modify behavior. Their feature of deterrence is the main value. 

It is the deterrence that is needed to enforce social distancing.

Park Vandalism Hurts

Park Vandalism Hurts

Park Vandalism Hurts

Did you know one of the first parks built on public lands for public use was between 61 and 55 BCE? The Porticus Pompeiana, one of Ancient Rome’s first public parks was created with pools, fountains and plants of all kinds and was intended to be a space for people to walk, relax and enjoy leisure activities.  Today our public parks are created with the same mindset and to help bring communities and families together. Unfortunately, parks have become the victims of nuisance crimes such as: illegal dumping, theft, and especially vandalism.

Vandalism in the parks can take on many forms such as graffiti and the destruction of public property.  The least costly wreckage is the destruction of signs, but some more costly targets are streetlights, pavilions and public bathrooms, which can be very costly to repair.  Unfortunately, parks are a public attraction for vandalism.

Park Vandals are at times younger people who are bored and looking for mischief.  However, when vandalism occurs in parks, it is highly related to gangs within the community who are responsible for this crime. Gangs use graffiti to tag “their property” and to make rival gangs and the community aware of their “ownership”.  Park Officials who spend many hours in the planning and care for their parks need to take back the parks, because if the destruction either in the form of graffiti or vandalism remains long, it empowers the gangs to further violence.  The community, the intended recipients of the park, then becomes fearful to even walk close to the park.    

What does it mean to take back the park? To take back the park means to show the gangs that the park is not theirs, it is owned by the community.   

How to Prevent Park Vandalism: