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Protect Public Water Facilities from Vandalism

If water storage chambers, pumps, or valves are vandalized, even if it is a childish prank, it is an act that compromises the water treatment facility.  To ensure the safety of the public, The Department of Public Works will need to sanitize the water and pass the water inspections of State and Federal standards, because vandalizing or any outside contact with the water treatment process may cause an imbalance in the treatment facility’s bionetwork.

The cost involved in bringing back the integrity of the water in the storage chambers involves treating the water a second time with the entire treatment process, in order to sanitize it.  Water reservation and services are supposed to be kept as cheap as possible, however, when the water storage is disturbed by outside contaminates from vandalism, this causes the Water Department to raise their budget in order to sanitize the polluted water.

It is mandatory, therefore, to maintain the efficiency of water equipment in prestige condition.  The Water Utility Operations must guard the equipment from corrosion, and protect its infrastructure of the water facilities.  A damaged water-treatment system compromises the water of the entire community, causing public schools and other organizations to shut down until the water system is repaired and properly treated.

Preventing vandalism within water department perimeters is essential. Some water treatment plants have installed walls and gates with barbed wire to deter trespassing.  However, persistent vandals overcome these barriers, therefore other deterrents are required. Other tools to consider are crime deterrent cameras using a motion sensor that will illuminate the area approached and will capture and help identify the trespassers.   Since crime deterrent cameras are self-contained and require no electricity, they can be placed in even the most remote areas of the water treatment plant.

The public water system is a process that is important to protect, and it is essential to guard its equipment from vandals.  Ensuring the entire community is drinking safe water cannot be compromised.  Protect the water treatment plant and use as many resources as possible to prevent vandalism.

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Vandalism- A Community Crisis

Witnessing an act of vandalism can trigger anger in even the most gentle citizens, and it can leave a lasting effect. Why?  Because, vandalism suggests gang activity in the area, makes people feel victimized, and causes economic hardships for the community.

 

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the purpose of gang graffiti is to glorify the gang. And in the same article, the police state violence is associated with gang graffiti, because an entire neighborhood will be associated with the gang graffiti, making them a target for rival gangs.  Vandalism in the form of graffiti is used by gangs and can spread rapidly in gang-controlled areas. These areas become something similar to a public message board displayed in high-traffic areas. And the problem grows rapidly out of control if not corrected quickly.

 

Graffiti vandalism can also make people feel unsafe. In a survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics 1 in 5 Australians perceive  graffiti to be a social disorder problem in their local community.  The idea that destruction of property and graffiti are social disorders leads the minds of citizens to think incivility within a community.  This raises concerns that there will be an occurrence of a more serious crime, and that the area is not safe. If the community withdraws in fear, social controls which can keep vandals at bay are weakened.

 

The obvious financial cost associated with clean up also takes a toll on the community.  According to the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing (POP Center), it is estimated that the cost to clean up graffiti in the United States is $12 billion a year. Tax funds are used to pay for damage repair caused by vandals on city owned property. A community can suffer neglect if these tax funds are not used for their intended purpose. Schools, parks, and public transportation all suffer when an act of destruction is committed on city property. The list goes on and on.

 

Actions to stop the destruction of property,  curtailing the gang activity, taking control and protecting our communities, must be taken before serious crimes take over the city. We have a responsibility to stop the broken windows and graffiti in our community. Be a part of the solution and learn about the preventative measures you can take against vandalism.

 

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Show Your Parks Some Extra Love – Prevent Vandalism

It’s Parks and Rec month.  Let’s celebrate all the joy these parks bring to our communities!  We all know how much Parks and Recreation committees lo♥e what they do.  And we know how important it is to have a good image of our parks and recreational facilities.  A park image that is presentable to the community promotes opportunity and keeps its users happy. Keeping the parks and rec areas clean and safe from vandalism and trespassing, is a big part of that image.

Rules are another way to lo♥e our parks.  Having rules for parks and recreational centers creates a secure environment.  If parks and recreation agencies develop and adopt enforceable standards and guidelines for the land and facilities related to their use, there is less opportunity for mischief.   Although most parks have  certain set hours of when the park and rec center is open to the public, it can be hard to enforce. But monitoring and enforcing is another way to love your parks.  Give a presentable image by monitoring the vandalism and trespassing concern areas of the property and facilities and enforce when rules are broken.

Give your parks extra lo♥e this month by expanding a secure area for its users, and deterring nuisances—such as trespassing after hours, vandalism, and gang activity.  Deterring vandalism helps the overall image of the parks by forming a clean, safe atmosphere.  Protect your parks and activity centers and prevent rules from being broken by installing a means of crime deterrent.  Set up a visible camera system to mandate that the rules are being followed, even while you aren’t watching.

Investigate, study and recommend these needed improvements this month to your city council to deter the vandalism and trespassing concerns. According to the study done by the National Recreation and Park Association, by creating safe park environments, you enhance community wellness.  When the community is happy, it makes the operations of the Parks Department more efficient and effective.  It will pay off because your community will end up lo♥ing your parks and rec centers just as much as you already do.  Now that’s something to celebrate!

Vandalism Camera-Crime Prevention Tool

Vandalism Camera-Crime Prevention Tool

Cleaning up crimes can only go on so long. Eventually, part of the cities’ crime enforcement operations need to lead to crime prevention methods. According to a report “Preventing Crime: What Works, What Doesn’t, What’s Promising” by the NCJRS, Crime prevention needs to be implemented in three areas: community environments, families, and schools.

Because of the strictness of laws and constitutional rights in the US, city prevention in these three areas seem to have become more passive in nature. Cities create programs and ways to educate people to prevent crime in the future. These methods are good, but they do not have immediate effects in stopping crime.

On the scene, arrests and extra patrol officers seem to be effective in cases of high level crime that results in immediate effects. However, crimes of a less extreme nature, such as: property crimes, theft,  burglary, trespass, and criminal mischief, seem to go unnoticed. Police departments use curfews, street lighting, neighborhood watches, vandalism cameras, and remote surveillance systems in order to stop crimes of such nature. Are these methods effective?

According to California Bureau Research, California State Library, titled “Public Video Surveillance: Is It An Effective Crime Prevention Tool” By Marcus Nieto, there is not enough evidence. However, according to Tony Pearsall, the Executive Director of Fighting Back Partnership, “It’s preventative — it’s an obvious visible prevention that’s having more of an impact than I ever thought it would have.”  Therefore, due to the high amount of crime and low amount of human resources, tools like remote surveillance systems and vandalism cameras seem to be an alternate option that needs to be explored as an effective preventative method to stop crime.