Park crime prevention is essential. The last thing that a couple would want to see on a romantic stroll is vulgar graffiti spray-painted onto their favorite park bench! Unfortunately, the chances of this happening are extremely high due to the neglect of park maintenance in the wake of COVID-19. During the lockdown, many public parks have been practically abandoned. When there is a lack of people in parks, blind spots form where criminal activity can easily take place without much risk of being observed. Vandalism spreads and thrives in the dark just like a malignant mold. Public spaces that lack supervision look like a turkey in open season to vandals. A lack of investment in park security will only invite the destruction of public property.
If a community wants to protect its parks so that couples can enjoy a vandalism free stroll on Valentine’s Day, then it needs to invest in top notch security. The most fail-proof way to ward off vandalism is by providing Park Crime Prevention Cameras, specifically designed to provide protection 24/7, even in the most remote areas of the park. Vandals need to not only be apprehended after committing crimes, but they also need be made painfully aware that their criminal activity is being witnessed. These cameras can ease the burden placed on police patrolmen and provide top notch surveillance day or night. Park Crime Prevention Cameras are not just surveillance, they proactively prevent crime.
Here are some suggestions from the NRPA to prevent vandalism:
- Report incidents often so patterns emerge quickly, and targeted patrols can be scheduled.
- Update any security staff about problem areas on a regular basis.
- Review the positioning of security cameras frequently and post signs about the presence of cameras in areas that are under surveillance.
- Consider a dedicated website or hotline where incidents can be reported anonymously. Be sure to post signs informing the public about the website or hotline at each location.
- If on a tight budget, consider partnering with organizations nearby to plan more security patrols, improve lighting or install additional security cameras.
- Publicize information about the consequences of vandalism on calendars, schedules, the website, newsletters and handbooks.
Take back your parks and prevent park crime!